After a second, newly discovered, bug affected 52.5 million Google+ users, Google has decided to shutter the social network earlier than originally planned.
“We’ve recently determined that some users were impacted by a software update introduced in November that contained a bug affecting a Google+ API,” David Thacker, vice president of product management for G Suite, wrote in a Monday blog post. “With the discovery of this new bug, we have decided to expedite the shut-down of all Google+ APIs” within 90 days and will “accelerate the sunsetting of consumer Google+ from August 2019 to April 2019.”
Thacker said the bug, which Google fixed within a week, was discovered as part of the company’s “standard and ongoing testing procedures” and assured users that the company’s systems hadn’t been compromised by a third party. “We have no evidence that the app developers that inadvertently had this access for six days were aware of it or misused it in any way,” he wrote.
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