Google Plus shut down: Here’s all you need to know

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The Wall Street Journal reports that the company sat on the bug for months for fear of drawing regulatory scrutiny and "reputational damage" similar to Facebook's public relations disaster after user information was leaked to Cambridge Analytica.

Smith said that when users grant permissions to access SMS, Contacts and Phone data to apps, they do so with specific use cases in mind, again indicating that the present policies have given developers overly broad access to people's information.

Google announced on Monday that it is shutting down its Google+ (Google Plus) social network for consumers, apparently doing so as part of its response to serious allegations raised this morning by The Wall Street Journal.

Google said it would "wind-down" the consumer version of the website over the next 10 months, with 90% of users accessing the site for less than five seconds.

Google has finally given up on its aspirations to take on Facebook by shutting down its only social media platform Google Plus.

Within hours, Google published its own report.

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To save any of the data you shared on your Google+ account, including photos, visit Google Takeout's Download Your Data page, select Google+ (and any other Google products where you'd like an archive of your data). However, Google claims to have no evidence that suggests that any external developer or app had access to the data.

Further speaking on the issue, Google has said that they have no evidence that any outside developer has misused users private data. "We chose to sunset the consumer version of Google+", the company said in the post.

"And it raises the question: If Google hid this breach from the public, how do we know there aren't others?"

A Google spokesperson said there were "significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers' expectations".

Google is closing its social network, Google Plus, following the discovery of a security breach this past spring, in which up to 500,000 customers (between 2015 and 2018) had their information exposed.

Google also admitted that a privacy bug back in March gave more than, email addresses, occupations, genders and ages without authorization.