Google plus (Google+) is Google’s very own social media network that was created by google in a vain attempt to compete and probably overtake the likes of facebook.
In an official statement, google recently announced the shutting down of google+ effective from the 2nd, April 2019 even as many eyebrows have been raised as to why they have to do this. Google stated as a notice to all google+ users when logged in, I quote:
In December 2018, we announced our decision to shut down Google+ for consumers in April 2019 due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations.
Now looking at the circumstances, it is very much easier to say that the major cause of this is because of a rumoured breach by hackers that led to the exposure of user data.
The company’s official explanation is that it decided to shutter the site “due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations”.
Perhaps those “challenges” largely relate to a the rumoured data leak in the social network that was discovered in March 2018 but wasn’t disclosed for six months.
That leak “potentially affected up to 500,000 accounts”, allowing third-party applications to access information marked as private, although Google said it had found “no evidence that any profile data was misused”.
The company had initially planned to shut the social network down in August this year, but in November it discovered another bug that gave apps access to non-public information, and therefore rescheduled the shutdown to take place much earlier in April.
There is little or no servere penalties as there are less active users of the social network owing to the fact that most people are not aware of the fact that they are signed up on google plus because it is automatically done by gmail.
The only significant penalty here will be loss of files stored on the social network and also posts or anything shared through google+ (e.g blog posts). Nevertheless, here are a few things to note before the deletion process is started
At the end of it all, Google went ahead to thank all users for their cooperation and support as follows;
From all of us on the Google+ team, thank you for making Google+ such a special place. We are grateful for the talented group of artists, community builders, and thought leaders who made Google+ their home. It would not have been the same without your passion and dedication.