The butt of social media jokes, Google+ is dead. Though not for the reason you most likely think surprisingly.
The Wall Street Journal reports that from 2015-2018 a security flaw caused wandering eyes to view user’s sensitive information. The unfortunate part is Google ignored the issue with the idea of avoiding regulation.
A memo reviewed by the Journal prepared by Google’s legal and policy staff and shared with senior executives warned that disclosing the incident would likely trigger “immediate regulatory interest” and invite comparisons to Facebook’s leak of user information to data firm Cambridge Analytica. Chief Executive Sundar Pichai was briefed on the plan not to notify users after an internal committee had reached that decision, the people said.
In reply to the accusation Google released a blog post on Project Strobe. Rather than deal with patching privacy concerns inside Google+, it will simply shut it down. Google does state that developers did not see the bug in gaining access of information. They claim that no information was misused either.
Project Strobe also features three other points which all come to the same conclusion, giving you more control over how applications use your information. This is a long over due update that should have been taken place long ago.
Google tried their hand at social media. It could not fight off the popularity of Twitter and Facebook. Then, it turned into being a much larger problem for them in the end.