Google+ shutdown starts, here’s what you need to know

NEW DELHI: Tech giant Google has finally started the shutdown process of its social network Google+. The company is now deleting all the customer accounts from the platform. The company is killing the platform as part of its Spring Cleanup 2019. The reason for the shutdown of Google+ is the low usage and the recently discovered security bugs.
The first security bug was reported some months ago and it exposed the information of millions of Google+ users to outside developers. This was one of the main reasons which prompted the company to take the decision of killing the platform.

Then sometime back another security bug was reported due to which the company accelerated the process of shutdown by four months. Earlier Google announced that Google+ platform will shutdown by August this year which was later changed to April.

The company also acknowledged that the failure of the platform. Google’s Ben Smith in a statement said, “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.”

The company has however mentioned that if anyone has a G Suite account as part of their work or school can continue using Google+ within their organisation. The company also allowed the users to download and save their Google+ data till March 31. The users who failed to that will now not be able to access their lost data.

The company has already deleted the Google+ accounts of Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, current CEO Sundar Pichai, and former CEO Eric Schmidt.

Recently, Google also killed its email app — Inbox. The company announced that with the official shutdown of the Inbox app, the company will include some of its shortcuts to Gmail. Along with the Inbox app, the company is also pulling plugs from its popular messaging app Google Allo and Google Url Shortener tool.