Google+ to be Shut Down After Reports of Exposed User Data

Google+ to be Shut Down After Reports of Exposed User Data
Google announced Monday it would slowly shut down Google+, the search giant's long-struggling social network, after finding a software bug that divulged the private data of as many as 500,000 users to hundreds of third-party applications, according to a company blog post. The company fixed the flaw in March and didn't find any evidence that developers misused users' personal information.
The platform currently has "low usage and engagement" as 90% of sessions last under five seconds, per the blog post.
Google will maintain the service for organizations that use the platform for employee communications, and the company said it would continue to develop new features for these users.
Google discovered the security flaw last spring, but didn't disclose the finding due to fears of regulatory scrutiny and damage to its reputation.

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