Google to shut down Google+ for consumers

Following a security lapse, Google is shutting off access to Google+ for consumers but it will remain available for corporations


Google has announced in a blog post that it is going to shut down the consumer version of Google+ over the next 10 months in response to a previously undisclosed security flaw that was dealt with in March 2018.

It also stated that Google+, a social network operated by the tech giant, has "low usage and engagement" and disclosed that 90% of user sessions last less than five seconds. This, in addition to the security flaw which exposed users' profile data, has led to the decision to close operations to consumers completely in August 2019.

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However, Google has decided to keep operations open to corporations, as they stated: "Our review showed that Google+ is better suited as an enterprise product where co-workers can engage in internal discussions on a secure corporate social network."

To strengthen its usage among organizations, Google will roll out new features as they focus on the site becoming a "secure corporate social network".

Additionally, the company announced new data privacy adjustments to other services it provides to enforce its commitment to data security. In the blog post, it said that "going forward, consumers will get more fine-grained control over what account data they choose to share with each app". 

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