Google to shut down google plus following a massive data leak

One of the largest tech companies, Google on Monday announced that it is shutting down its social networking platform Google Plus. The decision was taken after a security breach exposed the data of up to 500,000 users. 

According to Google, this matter came to its notice in March this year through its Project Strobe. The company said Project Strobe was a “root-and-branch review of third-party developer access to Google account and Android device data.” A bug was allowing third-party app developers to access the data of users who granted permissions. The company also said that there was no evidence that any profile data was misused.

Low usage of Google plus might be another reason for its shutdown. Google plus consumer version will end by 2019 while enterprise version will still remain.