• They knew the security breach since last spring, but they chose silence.
  • They tried unsuccessfully to compete with Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp.
  • The closing will be gradual and will end in August 2019.

Google Plus, Google’s social network launched in 2011, will close in August next year, after the technology giant admitted on its blog on Monday that a failure in the system exposed the data of at least 500,000 users.

Google definitely closes the social network with which it tried unsuccessfully to compete with the giants of the sector, such as Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp. According to the newspaper ‘The Wall Street Journal’, Google knew the security breach since last spring, but chose not to go public to avoid scrutiny by the authorities.

The data breach implies that external applications had access to user data that had been shared by it, but that were not public, according to Google.

“This data was limited to static and optional Google+ profile fields such as name, email address, occupation, gender and age,” the company reported.

The internal report indicates that the legal team of Google recommended not communicating the security ruling to avoid the “immediate regulatory interest”, comparing the possible consequences with the scrutiny on Facebook after discovering the security breach who used Cambridge Analytica.

The search engine has announced that it will be giving details to consumers and information on how to migrate its contents between now and August 2019, when the final closure will be made. Only the version of the social network for companies will remain open. “Given these challenges and the low usage of the Google+ user version, we have decided to close the consumer version of Google+,” the company said in the statement.


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