Google+ is shutting down and here’s everything you need to know

Google is shutting down its social network site GooglePlus.

The site was launched in 2011 in an attempt to compete against the likes of Facebook.

But after just eight years, the networking website is closing its site for good.

Why is Google+ shutting down?

Google say they are shutting down the website: “Due to low usage and challenges involved in maintaining a successful product that meets consumers’ expectations”.

According to market researchers Raka, Google+ had 16 million users in 2015.

But according to the same research, over 90% of the accounts had never posted.

In comparison, Facebook had an average of 1.52 billion daily active users on Facebook average for December 2018.

Security flaw

A potential security flaw may have also contributed to the death of Google+.

Google admitted that its social media site had a design flaw which could potentially see user’s private data exposed.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the data exposure was discovered in 2018, and was not reported by the company because of fears of increased regulatory scrutiny. 

What happens to my page?

Users have until the 2nd of April to retrieve any files and information they may have stored on their page, before the site is shut down completely.

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