HomeInternetSocial MediaGoogle Permanently Shuts Down Google Plus

Google Permanently Shuts Down Google Plus

Jumia Black Friday Deals

Google have shut down its internet-based social network, Google Plus (or Google+) following a security glitch that caused the exposure of data of almost half a million users.

Google Plus Shuts down

The exposure of users data occurred between the period of 2015 — 2018 and was caused by a faulty API that allowed developers have access to these data. While Google mentions that the exposed data were limited to Google+ profile fields information, it says that only 438 apps made use of this API and 496,951 users may have been affected.

The above figure is barely an estimate as Google cannot exactly confirm which users or how many users’ data were affected. This is because Google keeps the API’s log data for two weeks only. Even worse is the fact that not only users who use the affected apps were exposed but also, people connected to those users.

Exposed data include users’ full names, email addresses, birth dates, gender, profile photos, places lived, occupation and relationship status. According to Google,

“It does not include any other data you may have posted or connected to Google+ or any other service, like Google+ posts, messages, Google account data, phone numbers or G Suite content.”

Although Google says it has carried out investigations into the data breach and found no evidence of data misuse by these developers, it went ahead to shut down the social network, also citing low usage and poor on-site engagement as reasons.

Adieu, Google Plus!

Due to data breaches in some apps that affected about half a million users on its social network, Google officially pulls the plug from Google Plus.

Latest articles

Afrilearn Launches World’s First Learn-and-Earn App

Afrilearn, Nigeria's favourite learning app, has set the educational landscape excited with the launch...

Jeep Wagoneer S: First Global Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) from Jeep

Jeep has provided more information about its all new, all electric 2024 Wagoneer S....

Insoft unveils Assabil and weSign for Sales Force Automation and Streamlining Digital Workflow

At the GITEX Africa 2024 technology event Groupement Insoft-Saphir Systems, a leading provider of...

Top 10 Highest-Paying Careers Without a College Degree

A college degree is often touted as the key to success, but it's refreshing...

Top 20 Countries with the Least Expensive Freelancers

A study, conducted by invoicing software company Bookipi has unveiled the countries with the...

Will ChatGPT Take My Job? Expert Reveals The Five Professions At Risk

The more capable AI becomes, the more you might begin to worry about a...

Best Valentine’s Day Gifts Ideas

Looking for a great Valentine's Day gift for your loved one? You are in...

More like this

WhatsApp to cut support for some Samsung and Apple iPhones in November

WhatsApp updates the OS that it supports with its apps from time to time,...

Twitter announces plan to build African HQ in Ghana

Twitter has been present in Africa for a long time, but only virtually. Now, the...

WhatsApp withdraws support for iPhone 4S users

If you still happen to have the iPhone 4S, you might not be able...