Google pushed the end of Google+ to April 2019, according to an official statement on the company's blog published on Monday (10). The measure came after the second leak of data from the social network, which impacted 52.5 million accounts and exposed personal information such as name, e-mail, age and profession even from non-public profiles. The end of activities of the tool had been announced for August 2019, when the first case of violation of the users' private content came to the public.
According to the company, the source of the failure is similar to that of the previous case: an error in the Application Program Interfaces (APIs) allowed applications connected to the service to access restricted data. Google said the investigations are still ongoing and the affected people will receive a warning about what happened as of today. The bug would have been discovered in a routine procedure and the company says that "there is no evidence to indicate the misuse of data accessed improperly for six days by the application developers".
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Despite the invasion of profiles, Google has guaranteed the protection of confidential information, such as financial data, document numbers, passwords or any similar. With the acquisition of this content, criminal organizations could steal or defraud on behalf of the owners, which would involve legal interventions. Users who wish can download their data from the platform and delete the account in order to avoid any similar threat in the future.
The initial failure, which occurred in October this year, had an impact about one hundred times less than the current one, as it reached around 500 thousand platform accounts. At the time, one of the arguments used by the company to justify the end of the social network was the low adhesion of users. Low usage and engagement, with less than five seconds of activity in 90% of sessions, were also relevant. Google admitted that internal analyzes showed a difficulty in developing and maintaining APIs and controls for those interested in the platform.
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