Following a massive data exposure first reported on by The Wall Street Journal, Google announced last month that it is shutting down its social network Google+ for consumers.
The company has admitted that user engagement on the service was low.
While data was exposed, there is no evidence that it was improperly accessed. The company finally admitted that Google+ never received the broad adoption or engagement with users that it had hoped for – according to a blog post, 90% of Google+ user sessions last for less than five seconds.
In light of these newly revealed security concerns with Google+’s API, the company has opted to put it out of its misery over the next ten months rather than try and make the social network more secure.
The company discovered a bug in one of Google+’s People APIs that allowed apps access to data from Google+ profiles that weren’t marked as public.