Google Plus Shutting Down After Security Error

Matt Bigler
October 09, 2018 - 10:03 am

USA Today

Google is shutting down its social media platform Google Plus, in part due to a software glitch that potentially jeopardized personal data from up to 500,000 accounts. 

The tech giant discovered and repaired the software malfunction in March, but didn't notify users of the possible breach until Monday when The Wall Street Journal reported that third-party app developers could have accessed personal data through Google Plus. 

The Journal reported that company officials delayed revealing the problem because executives feared drawing scrutiny from regulators and damaging the Google's reputation. 

“My concern is of course my protection of all my private, personal information so yes I would want Google to do the review, fix the problem and make sure that my information did not get hacked,” said Robert Sendejo, a regular Google-Plus user.

The bug exposed names, emails addresses, ages, gender and occupation to outside developers. 

A version of Google Plus will exist only for businesses. In a blog post, Google said at the time it decided not to reveal the bug because it found no evidence that any personal data was improperly collected by outsiders.

Google Plus launched in 2011 and aimed to compete with Facebook, but never gained a strong following. 

Written by Arooba Kazmi.