Goodbye to Google+: The social network closes its doors

Update | december 10 – a new security problem discovered by google that exposed the data of millions of users, has forced the company to advance the closure of the social network. finally, the closing of the platform doors will take place in april next year. goodbye, google plus.

Goodbye to Google+. The company has just announced in an official statement that, as part of a new initiative called Project Strobe, the social network will cease each one of its user-oriented functions. One of the reasons for this decision is a security breach discovered in the platform in spring, which would have endangered the data of half a million consumers in a period that would go from 2015 to March 2018.

In the statement, Alphabet assures that the bug was fixed in March 2018, at the same time that the company discovered it. However, this, added to the disastrous adoption of Google Plus by users and developers, has led Google to close once and for all an ambitious project, which at first even had its sights set on unseating Facebook as the social network of reference.

while our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into creating google+ over the years, it has not achieved wide adoption by consumers or developers, and has seen limited user interaction with applications.

On the other hand, it must be taken into account that Google has not found evidence to ensure that no developer had discovered this breach or abused the causing API, so that, in principle, there is no record of any user profile that has been committed.

The consumer version of google+ currently has little use and engagement: 90 percent of google+ user sessions are less than five seconds.

The company assures that the closure of Google+ will not take place overnight but that until August 2019, users will be able to continue accessing the social network, and it will be in August of next year when its disappearance occurs. Before then, migration tools will be offered so that users can get all the data and information shared over the years. Meanwhile, the company will continue to offer Google+-based solutions for businesses and professionals, where, according to Google, the platform has proven to have a good audience.

Finally, to offer users greater control over their privacy, Google will begin to implement a new way of granting permissions to applications to know what information is being shared with each tool, depending on the permissions. Requested.

in the future, consumers will gain more precise control over the account data they choose to share with each app. instead of seeing all the requested permissions on one screen, apps will have to show you each requested permission, one at a time, within its own dialog box.

Goodbye to Google the social network closes its doors