Google is shutting down its now-dilapidated social network Google+ for its consumers, The Wall Street Journal reports. The decision to cease its operations comes after the Mountain View, California-based firm discloses a major security firm that was discovered back in March which could have potentially exposed some personal details of up to 500,000 users. The company announced its intention in a blog post, marking its first public information on the security flaw, which was revealed to have already been existing for three years.
And so, the elephant in the room is shaped as: Why didn't Google choose to disclose it upon its discovery months ago? Accordingly, the company went quiet at that time to veer away from the regular inquiry which could consequently tarnish its reputation, citing anonymous people who are close to the matter.
Moreover, the unearthed Google+ security flaw was noted to have possibly allowed approximately 438 external apps to gain very personal details such as email addresses, usernames, genders, occupations and such. Nevertheless, Google wasn't able to find any evidence that links to any of the stated personal information of the said "Plus" breach was used fraudulently. The company was also noted to have not checked up with any of the developers of the said 438 applications.
Elsewhere, Google has also noted the Google+'s low usage and engagement, with 90% of its user sessions falling lower than five seconds, as one of the reasons of the social network's cancellation to its consumers.
To somehow redirect its current privacy mishap, Google is reportedly working on beefing up its security measures across all its platforms. These include restrictions on the developers' access to details like SMS, call logs, and contact data on Android, alongside the add-ons, splashed across Gmail.
New security process when third-party wants to access your Google account data
With the current privacy snafu Google is dealing with, one might say the company has truly wronged the public by not disclosing it right away when it was discovered. And as the firm could now potentially face class-action lawsuits because of that, Google has some huge explaining to do to their massive number of consumers, and it has to act fast before it gives them a permanent mark on its reputation.