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Google+ Will Shut Down

Google is expected to announce plans to shut down Google+
Google+ Will Shut Down
October 10, 2018

A Google+ security bug gave outside developers access to the private data of hundreds of thousands of the social network’s users between 2015 and March 2018, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Googleneglected to report the issue to the public, allegedly out of fear that the company would face regulations and damage to its reputation, according to sources and documents obtained by the Journal.

In a memo cited by the paper, Google’s legal and policy staff warned against disclosing the bug, fearing it would draw comparisons to Facebook’s mishandling of user data, when more than 50 million Facebook users had their personal information leaked to the data firm Cambridge Analytica.

The information exposed in the Google+ incident included full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation, and relationship status. Google is expected to announce plans to shut down Google+, according to the Journal.

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