Google shutting down social network Google+ after security bug disclosed

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The company said however, that the information that was accessible consisted of a user's name, email address, occupation, gender and age. But those apps look downright buoyant compared with Google's own confessed numbers for Google+. "As part of its response to the incident, the Alphabet Inc. unit plans to announce a sweeping set of data privacy measures that include permanently shutting down all consumer functionality of Google+".

After the Wall Street Journal first broke the story, a small early morning gain was erased as shares dipped two and-a-half percent immediately, and prices recovered a bit to negative one percent on the day. Up to 496,951 users could have been affected, and up to 438 apps could have accessed the data.

"The consumer version of Google+ now has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds", the company said.

" The review did highlight the significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers' expectations", the company said.

"Given these challenges and the very low usage of the consumer version of Google+, we chose to sunset the consumer version of Google+", it said.

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Google+ will be shutting down over a period of about 10 months, and will vanish by next August.

Google has even admitted that no one actually uses Google+. Google is finally killing its bad social network Google+. Google further said that the enterprise version of Google+ will continue.

The Journal reporters wrote that they reviewed a memo prepared by Google lawyers and policy experts who had warned that disclosing the glitch would cause "immediate regulatory interest" and "cause reputational damage". New data-handling rules will be introduced and - like for Chrome extensions - more rigorous security assessment will be carried out.

As part of the announcement, Google also promised to give users "more fine-grained control over what account data they choose to share with each app". The change makes it so users must individually grant or deny each permission to access data in their consumer Google account, rather than accept or deny permissions all at the same time. Going forward, Google Play will limit which apps are allowed to ask for these permissions. If you go and check out some of the Google+ engineers on the platform, that have been working on Google+, they are either no longer with Google, or haven't posted to Google+ in many months - some are years. In addition, Google is limiting the ability of Android apps to obtain Call Log and SMS permissions on Android devices, and is no longer allowing access to contact interaction data through the Android Contacts API.