It was announced earlier that Google would be pulling the plug of Google Plus, the Google-integrated social network that the company had launched a few years back. Now, according to the latest reports, the pulling-plug action would happen a bit earlier, since a serious security bug has been found on the network. The bug in question has apparently affected around 52.5 Million users across the globe.
As it happens, Google Plus would be shut down in April 2019, instead of the stipulated shut-down month of August of the same year. The advancement of three months comes in light of the fact that Google does not want to cause privacy issues to the users. As per reports, the recent security bug has compromised the security of user-data, making it available to third-party apps connected to Google Plus.
According to what Google has revealed in the blog post, the bug was found to have affected a lot of people. It works by showing profile information to third-party information even when the user has set the option to prevent so. Google has, however, maintained that the passwords or other sensitive information have not been revealed by the bug.
“We have always taken this seriously, and we continue to invest in our privacy programs to refine internal privacy review processes, create powerful data controls, and engage with users, researchers, and policymakers to get their feedback and improve our programs,” says the company in the blog post, all the while maintaining that the bug has not gotten into sensitive information.
This is not the first time Google Plus is having a serious bug. Back in October, the service was found to have a bug that exposed a few thousand users’ data security. It seems the company is not ready for taking more risks, though.