Google's Failed Social Network, Google+, Will Be No More

Yolanda Curtis
October 10, 2018

Thankfully, according to Google, no developer was aware of the bug, was misusing the Google+ API, or had misused private data from users' profiles. (See the full list on our developer site.) 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.

Google+ is an Internet-based social network that was launched in June 2011 and is owned and operated by Google.

A software bug was discovered that gave developers access to private profile data of over 500,000 users. It opted not to report it, "in part because of fears that doing so would draw regulatory scrutiny and cause reputational damage". Google CEO Sundar Pichai was briefed on the decision to not disclose the finding, after an internal committee had already decided the plan, the Journal said.

Google said the flaw was patched immediately and that there was no evidence that the leaked information was used by any third-party developers.


Those who are very panicked may find solace in the fact that Google did state that the firm only keeps API log data for two weeks.

Because of all of this, Google announced that it would be shutting down Google+ for consumers.

Google has admitted that adoption of the its social network and subsequent user engagement has been low, with 90% of Google+ user sessions lasting for less than five seconds.

The pop up should show you all the information about that Google account including your name, email associated with the account, and if you have one, a Google Plus account.


Google reveals on a support page that the Google+ app can't be deleted on some Android devices, but they can be disabled on all Android devices. By default, Google+ users can grant access to their profile data to third-party apps. The glitch was live for almost three years, according to the reports, but Google decided not to make the breach public because it feared regulation.

The company, however, can not confirm which users were affected by the bug when it was active from 2015 to 2018.

For Gmail apps requesting permission to user data Google will only grant access to apps which 'directly enhancing email functionality-such as email clients, email backup services and productivity services (e.g., CRM and mail merge services)'.


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