Everyone knew this day was coming, but the reasoning might be a surprise to some of us. Google has announced that they’ll finally be killing of Google+, but not before revealing that the failed social media network was doing a poor job of protecting your privacy since 2015. Whoops.
Due to a problem in the network’s software, third-party developers could exploit and gain access to some personal info on your profile that you had otherwise set to private. Google discovered the flaw earlier this year but didn’t mention anything so they wouldn’t get lumped into Facebook’s negative PR tornado, which is sketchy. They do claim that no one actually abused this exploit, which is better news. At least, it’s better news if you trust Google to be honest right now.
This shutdown will take place over the next 10 months, so consumers will still have access to the site until August 2019. Google is also keeping the site up for enterprise users that rely on Google+ for a bit longer.
Normally we get pretty bummed out about Google nixing some of their products, but I’ll be honest, I don’t think anyone’s going to miss this one. Google even mentioned that over 90% of user sessions on G+ last less than 5 seconds, which is probably the most brutal statistic I’ve ever heard.
RIP Google+, but don’t come back.