Google+ Will Soon Be Gone

Submitted by: Draculya 1 week ago in News & Politics Tech

Also, they have been hiding a serious data breech.

An excerpt from Newser: Google is shutting down its long-shunned Plus social network for consumers, following its disclosure of a flaw discovered in March that could have exposed some personal information of up to 500,000 people, the AP reports. The announcement came in a Monday blog post, which marked Google's first public description of the privacy bug. Google deliberately avoided disclosing the problem at the time, in part to avoid drawing regulatory scrutiny and damaging its reputation, according to a Wall Street Journal story that cited anonymous individuals and documents. The Mountain View, Calif., company declined to comment on the Journal'sreport, and didn't fully explain in its blog post why it held off on revealing the bug until Monday. As for Google+, it will be shut down over the next 10 months, but will remain open for enterprise customers who use it within their companies.

When Google launched Plus in 2011, it was supposed to be a challenger to Facebook's social network, which now has more than 2 billion users. But Plus flopped and quickly turned into a digital ghost town, prompting Google to start de-emphasizing it several years ago. But the company kept it open long enough to cause an embarrassing privacy gaffe that could give Congress an excuse to enact tighter controls on data collection. The Google Plus flaw could have allowed up to 438 external apps to scoop up user names, email addresses, occupations, genders, and ages without authorization. The company didn't find evidence that any of the personal information affected by the Plus breach was misused. The timeline laid out by Google indicates the company discovered the privacy lapse around the same time Facebook was under fire for a leak in its far more popular social network. Facebook's breakdown exposed the personal information of as many as 87 million users to Cambridge Analytica, a data mining firm affiliated with President Trump's 2016 campaign.
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Male 1,229
lol I thought it had been gone for years
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Male 11
Would the 'breech' (sic) be the removal of the spelling and grammar check? ;-)
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Male 9,455
Wait what's Google + again?  =p
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Male 18,088
Despite my opting out, Google has lots of information on me. It knows where I go, who I know, who I met, what was said. It knows who I bank with, how much I spend and what I spend it on.

And yet... it doesn't know what ads to show me that would result in a click through. It thinks I can read Chinese and insists in thwarting my attempts to switch to English. It recommends political candidates I publicly denounce. It thinks I am a keen follower of Indian cricket. The only services I wish to buy from Google are unavailable due to my region.

The only more incompetent advertiser is Twitter. I've never once seen an ad I could imagine clicking, nor a promoted user or tweet I would want to interact with.
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Male 44,870
Goodbye Google Plus
 You can't miss what no one used.
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Facebook now has 1,999,999,999 users. I just got tired of their crap and deleted my account today
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Male 12,840
Google+ was failed right out the gate.  

I remember when they came out with it for youtube, forcing it on everyone.  You couldn't comment unless you signed up to G+.  I boycotted it, and in the years since got really good at avoiding google products.

Glad i made, and continue to make that decision.

Don't trust other people with your data, folks, learn to protect your data yourself.  

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Male 18,088
monkwarrior I actually agree with you there. It came right around the time Google was being perceived as creepy in terms of the volume of information it was gathering about users.

Since day 1, I've not only disabled G+, I've done my best to opt-out whenever given the choice.
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Male 26
 Just takes 4 simple words folks 
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Male 6,950
I thought it shut down years ago.
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Male 21,778
Google+ could've been big, but they didn't even launch it correctly. Another swing and a miss by Google.
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