Google+ has never really received a whole lot of attention since its release during the summer of 2011. As it tried to compete with the likes of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, Google+ couldn't even touch their level of popularity among Internet users. Google has even admitted their social media platform has little use or engagement, with just 90 percent of user sessions lasting less than five seconds. But now, the struggling social media platform has finally gained some attention — just not for the right reasons.
Google has shut down Google+ for the following ten months to address some security issues. These issues include one such flaw where users' profile data was exposed. While it had been fixed back in March, Google is continuing to fix the mess previously created. The consumer version will be unavailable for use, but enterprise consumers can still use it for work.
In a blog post uploaded by Google, the mega tech company announced the temporary closure of Google+ while announcing Project Strobe. Project Strobe will be the company's review of third-party developer access to Google account, Android device data, and how Google will handle the data access of apps. It will help look at privacy controls, areas where developers have received too much access, and more areas where privacy policies need tweaking.
Google plans to address more security issues outside of Google+ through Project Strobe. For instance, Gmail's User Data Policy will be updated for consumers. This will limit amount of access apps have to user-data. There's also going to be more privacy changes to Google overall. These changes include- but are not limited to- limiting developers' access to Android smartphones, not allowing developers to receive call logs or SMS permissions, and making contact interaction data unavailable from Android Contacts API.
It's a wise move for Google to close down Google+ while they try to fix its many security flaws. Having Project Strobe to do that and fix the other security problems that plagued the multi-billion dollar tech company this year. Hopefully, with Project Strobe put in place, Google will finally be able to fix their products so users can utilize their products without any privacy concerns.