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Google to shutdown Google+

Google will be shutting down its struggling social media site Google+ following the security lapse which saw the accounts of 500, 000 users vulnerable. The bug was discovered in an audit exercise called Project Strobe. 

Ben Smith, Google Fellow and VP of Engineering
Ben Smith, Google Fellow and VP of Engineering
According to Ben Smith, Google Fellow and VP of Engineering, the shutdown will be rolled out in a span of 10 months and will mainly apply to Google+ for consumers citing low usage and engagement.

This review crystallized what we’ve known for a while: that while our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps. The consumer version of Google+ currently has low usage and engagement: 90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds.

Ben Smith, VP of Engineering
Smith also posted that they would be introducing more granular account permissions and a couple of other changes which can be read in detail at the Google blog.

The bug was detected and remedied in March this year but the company has denied the developer’s knowledge of the flaw and that is no evidence to suggest that the vulnerability was exploited in anyway.

Internet security has become a topic of debate lately with the Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, called before a congressional hearing in April after it was revealed that the social media network failed to protect sensitive information from its 87 million users from being harvested. 

In May, Europe adopted the General Data Protection Regulation laws that require providers to inform users of potential leak of personal information including use of cookies.

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