Google shuts down Google+2018-10-08 16:39 by Daniela
Google plans to shut down the consumer version of Google+ over the next 10 months. The closure is due to several factors, the most important of these being the huge privacy bug uncovered this week by the Wall Street Journal. That bug allowed developers of "up to 438 applications" to access personal information from users who had opted to keep that information private.
"Our Privacy and Data Protection Office reviewed this issue, looking at the type of data involved, whether we could accurately identify the users to inform, whether there was any evidence of misuse, and whether there were any actions a developer or user could take in response. None of these thresholds were met here," the company said in a statement.
Other reasons for the shutdown may have something to do with Google+'s relative obscurity as an online social destination. Despite integration with the company's other, hugely successful products like Gmail, Blogger, and YouTube, Google admits usage is negligible. In the company's own words, "90 percent of Google+ user sessions are less than five seconds."
If you want to attempt to download any data associated with your Google+ account, you'll want to start at Google Takeout, logged in with your Google account. The entirety of your Google+ experience isn't quite included in this tool just yet. But that should change soon. For now you can select your Google+ +1s, Google Help Communities, Google Photos, Google+ Circles, Google+ Communities, Google+ Stream, Groups, Hangouts, Hangouts on Air, and Profile.
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