Google is shutting down Google+ as a social network, effective August 31, 2019.
Google made the announcement on October 8, the same day as a Wall Street Journal story outlining that the data of a half million users was exposed. Google knew about the security issue back in March 2018, but elected not to disclose it to users.
Within hours of the story, Google came out with an announcement acknowledging the issue, but defending its actions. In the same announcement it said it was closing Google+ down in 10 months' time.
Google Vice President Ben Smith said in a statement that the data was exposed through an API used by third party apps. An API is a technical means of transferring data from one software program to another.
Google+ will remain open until August 31, 2019.
However, you might want to consider leaving sooner rather than later if you use it for marketing purposes. Smith revealed how the network has shrunk, admitting it has "low usage." Over 90% of its sessions are less than five seconds!
Google Plus launched in 2011. Activity has declined noticeably in recent years. Google+ is widely considered a failure for Google.Source : smallbiztrends