It was bound to happen. Google is finally killing its terrible social network Google+. The company announced today that it’s killing the consumer version of Google+ after it discovered some major privacy issues with the official Google+ APIs.
Google stated that the Google+ APIs gave third-party developers unauthorized access to some users’ personal data like their name and age, though the company believes that no third-party developer discovered the bug, or even used it to abuse users’ privacy. “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 company said.
Google has even admitted that no one actually uses Google+. The company said that “while our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps.” In fact, 90%of Google+ user sessions only last less than five seconds.
Google has been moving away from Google+ for a while, with the company launching new features for its core search engine where popular individuals, like celebrities, are able to directly post updates within search results.