Oh Google, you only stay at the top by being the best & being honest.
You have never heard me talk about Google + except in general terms for the sole fact that, I never used it. To me, it was just another social networking platform.
Every major corporation has gone through a data scandal, now it is Google’s turn. They decided NOT to disclose a data breach for MONTHS to avoid the public relations backlash. The breach resulted in over 500,000 accounts with over 438 different third-party applications accessing the data.
Hey Google, bad idea, now no one will trust you, as easily.
“This March, as Facebook was coming under global scrutiny over the harvesting of personal data for Cambridge Analytica, Google discovered a skeleton in its own closet: a bug in the API for Google+ had been allowing third-party app developers to access the data not just of users who had granted permission, but of their friends.” https://bit.ly/2NyyINU
This is precisely the same issue Facebook was going to Congress for.
The result of this lack of disclosure is resulting in Google’s social network, Google +, to be closing down. In 2015, it was recorded that 16 million Google users had a plus account. However, in 2016 it showed that 91% of Google Plus accounts were dead accounts.
Back in 2010 when Google + first launched, it was Google’s idea of competition in response to Mark Zuckerberg’s monster of Facebook. Great idea but failed in the attempt. However, Google + was still a hot commodity and helping businesses rank higher organically in search engine optimization.