On October 8, Google announced that it was shutting down Google Plus for consumers, citing low user engagement, and a software error that potentially exposed the data of hundreds of thousands of users.
Google indicated that Google Plus would operate until August 2019, allowing users to download and migrate their information. There’s a lot of nuance to this story — I’ve shared the high points below.
Google Plus Will Be Shut Down After User Information Was Exposed
Google said on Monday that it would shut down Google Plus, the company’s long-struggling answer to Facebook’s giant social network, after it discovered a security vulnerability that exposed the private data of up to 500,000 users.
Google did not tell its users about the security issue when it was found in March because it didn’t appear that anyone had gained access to user information, and the company’s “Privacy & Data Protection Office” decided it was not legally required to report it, the search giant said in a blog post.
The decision to stay quiet, which raised eyebrows in the cybersecurity community, comes against the backdrop of relatively new rules in California and Europe that govern when a company must disclose a security episode …
It gets better
Now that Google+ has been shuttered, I should air my dirty laundry on how awful the project and exec team was.
I’m still pissed about the bait and switch they pulled by telling me I’d be working on Chrome, then putting me on this god forsaken piece of shit [Google Plus] on day one.
— Morgan Knutson / Former designer Google Plus team
Mr. Knutson also claims that product teams across Google were bribed with hefty bonuses to integrate Google Plus into their products, regardless if such integration made sense.