Google+ to shut after second major bug found

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Another Google+ security flaw has exposed the data of more than 50 million users, speeding up the final demise of the failed social network.

According to the company, the vulnerability allowed third-party developers access to names, email addresses, user occupation and age, even when users had set these things to private.

The bug, which was introduced to the network last month, was discovered ‘recently’, he said.

Now, the shutdown of the consumer version of Google+, which was scheduled for August 2019, has now been moved up to April 2019.

Also, APIs (application programming interfaces) will shut down even sooner: "With the discovery of this new bug, we have decided to expedite the shutdown of all Google+ APIs; this will occur within the next 90 days," VP of Product Management at G Suite David Thacker wrote. "While we recognise there are implications for developers, we want to ensure the protection of our users."

This is not the first major flaw that was discovered on Google+ lately. A few months ago, Google discovered that its social media was exposing data on 500,000 of its users. It was then that the company decided to kill of the network for the general public, completely.

Google+ has always struggled with an engagement problem, with figures suggesting that nine in ten interactions people had with the service lasted no longer than five seconds.

But this does not spell end for the service, it's only the end of its life as a public social network for you and me. It will still keep going as a product for Enterprise users, because that seems to be a place where people actually use it.

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