Google+ And The Problem of Letting Dormant Platforms Linger
This presented a major security crisis for Google
It became pretty clear a few years ago that Google+ would not be as prominent or widely used as its social media competitors, no matter how we felt about the service upon launch.
Google never killed it, but it never thrived. The company’s leadership even stopped using the platform at some point.
But Google’s decision to keep the platform hanging around as a social layer for its Google accounts left open a major data vulnerability, the result of the difficulty of maintaining the service from an engineering perspective. While the company says the bug doesn’t appear to have been exploited, the low usage of Google+, combined with the complexity of its engineering, no longer made it viable to maintain the network, something the company decided after a review of its data practices.
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