In 2011, to much fanfare, Google+ was launched to compete with Facebook and other growing social media platforms. Facebook’s dominance however, proved unassailable, and for many years now speculation has grown with respect to the future viability of Google+ as a social network.
In the last 24-hours, Google have revealed a security flaw in their Google+ software which left the data for up to half a million users exposed. While the issue was detected back in March, a Google spokesperson has stated, “We found no evidence that any developer was aware of this bug, or abusing the API, and we found no evidence that any profile data was misused.”
The detection of the vulnerability however, does seem to have been the last straw with respect to the Google+ project in terms of consumers, with Google announcing plans to close the service down over the coming 10 months. Not as widely reported behind the headline, is Google state however, they will be keeping Google+ for business, indeed that they will soon launch new features for it.
With a further data breach recently announced by Facebook, and against a backdrop of security questions already raised following the leak of information for 87 million Facebook users to data firm Cambridge Analytica, pressure will surely increase on the remaining consumer social media platforms, to ensure any potential security issues are resolved once and for all.