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Google Shuts Down Google+

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Google has announced they are shutting down the social networking site, Google+.

Google+ was launched just over 7 years ago and was originally intended to rival Facebook and act as a communication tool.

The decision to close the network came after Google didn’t disclose a data breach last March, which affected millions of its users.

Many third-party apps, wrongfully acquired user information via the Google+ API. The exposed data included names, email, demographic information and other profile data. It did however not include data from the posts on Google+.

In the announcement named ‘Project Strobe’ Google outlined that Google+ also currently has a low usage and engagement rate, stating that 90% of all Google+ sessions are less than 5 seconds.

The combination of data being breached and low user engagement, has led to Google “winding down” the social network over the next 10 months. This time frame they outlined allows for consumers and companies to download and migrate their data.

In the meantime, Google detailed they are limiting the information that Apps receive and for consumers are also rolling out additional controls alongside updating policies to reflect this. 

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