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Google to close Google+ social network on April 2

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Google has a formal closing date because of its Google network that is troubled: April 2. 

We have known the search giant intended to “sunset” the customer side of its also-ran social media because of its October admission that the private data of up to 500,000 users was subjected between 2015 and March 2018. Google said the service would shut in August 2019, but it declared that the date was moved up to April following further vulnerabilities were revealed by a bug in the system. 

The search engine giant says on that date Google+ accounts and any pages generated will be shut down and begin being deleted. In case you have any pictures or other articles that you want to store, “just make sure to do so before April,” the firm said in a blog article. You’ve got an exact deadline for conserving. At that time, the company will shut down your Google+ accounts and get started deleting pages, photos, videos, and other content. 

Photos and videos stored in Google Photos will not be affected. Google has posted directions on how best to download a record of your Google+ articles. Videos and any photos supported up in Google Photos will not be deleted. Nevertheless, Google launched Google+ in June 2011 in an effort to challenge Facebook and, to a lesser extent, Twitter, from the social networking contest. An effective Google+ may have served as a social component to connect the various products of Google. 

But the system never gained significant traction. A Stone Temple Consulting research from 2015 discovered 111 million active profiles Google+ and just 6.7 million users that had 50 or more posts ever, according to a story on Forbes regarding the findings. In contrast, Facebook reports 1.5 billion each day busy users. Google started accelerating its shutdown after announcing in October 2018 a vulnerability discovered earlier in the year had possibly compromised up to 500,000 users’ data. Google states that it found no signs. 

Then two weeks later, Google said a software upgrade in November had caused a security bug that leaked the data — such as name, email, and occupation — of 52.5 million consumers. Google said in the blog article the decision to shut down Google+ was made “due to low usage and challenges involved with maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations.” Google + will probably continue as part of Google’s G Suite for ventures, even though the free consumer version of Google + will stop.

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