Google+ to shut down early after leak exposes 52m users

Google Can’t Get Rid Of Google+ Fast Enough. Here's Why

Regardless, the timetable for the networks's shutdown is being expedited - Google+ for consumers will now go away sometime in April 2019. At the time, it said profile data from up to 500,000 users might have been exposed to partner apps by a bug that was present for more than two years.

In response to its latest findings, Google said Monday that it would shutter its social network in April 2019, five months sooner than it initially announced.

Google says the company found a bug on a Google+ API that affected 52.5 million users, exposing their personal information like their email address, name, age, occupation, third-party developers.

Google+ is closing down several months earlier than previously announced.

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Developers also had access to the personal information of others in affected users' "circles" - networks of friends - even if they had also set their information to private.

"We've recently determined that some users were impacted by a software update introduced in November that contained a bug affecting a Google+ API", the company wrote.

It is unclear if the vulnerability was exploited by developers in the same way that Facebook's API was used to harvest data of millions of users and sold to Cambridge Analytica. Some of Google's best apps ... It's also one of Google's most epic failures. Google also said its systems were not compromised and had no evidence that developers with profile information access were either aware of it or abused it.

"We understand that our ability to build reliable products that protect your data drives user trust", David Thacker, vice president of product management for Google's G Suite products, said in a blog post. Access to its APIs will be closed within the next 90 days.

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