Last April 02, 2019, giant tech company Google finally bids goodbye to Google Plus, their social media platform attempting to compete with Facebook and Twitter. The shutdown was due to “low usage” and because it turned out to be Google’s security liability. The initial closure was announced way back October of 2018, when the first security bug exposed account information of about 500,000 users, including their names, email addresses, and occupations. So the company decided to shut down the service in August of 2019. However, on the following month, Google revealed that it discovered a massive second security bug of Google’s application programming interfaces or API, and it exposed over 52.5 million users account information, again including users’ name, email addresses, occupations, and age. Thus, the reason why Google has decided to accelerate the procedure of the shutdown from August of 2019 to April of 2019.
Though Google confirmed that they did not find any evidence that the security bug exposed users’ financial data, national identification numbers or passwords to developers. But still caused so many concerns to the millions of users around the globe. Which makes Google react promptly into it,
Due to Security Vulnerabilities
“We discovered this bug as part of our standard and ongoing testing procedures and fixed it within a week of it being introduced,”
“We have always taken this seriously, and we continue to invest in our privacy programs to refine internal privacy review processes, create powerful data controls, and engage with users, researchers, and policymakers to get their feedback and improve our programs.”Google announced via a blog post.
This leads to expediting the shutdown on all Google Plus API within the next 90 days after its discovery of the second security bug. And shutdown of Google Plus from August of 2019 to April of 2019.
But prior to the announcement of shutdown last year, Google has already drawn some ire from consumers on its early days, that is because Google had somewhat like forced their consumer to comment on the other services they have like YouTube, and also linking the Gmail services to getting a Google Plus account, things which really did not sit well with consumers. Thus, resulting in fewer users of the social media platform. Some tech experts’ say that the security bugs somehow gives Google a reasonable decision to completely shut down their social media platform for good, this reason somewhat like covers up the fact that the Google Plus project is not well received by consumers.
Google+ is Just a Spec of What Google Is
Moreover, we all know that Google is a giant tech company, and is a leader on technology advancements. And the shutdown of Google Plus project does not really affect them much in terms of consumer credibility. Developments and advancements on Google’s services do not stop here, sooner or later, Google may release a new social media platform that is good enough to compete with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and we can’t for it to happen. After all, Google has already established its name in terms of technological advancements.