Google to start dismantling Google+ from next week

Google’s outgoing social network Google+ will start to disappear from next week, as the company prepares for the site’s eventual closure in April.

The tech giant will start by no longer accepting new Google+ account creations “as early as February 4”, Google announced, before closing the doors on the service to all users by April 2.

Members have been urged to download and save any content on the social network before the cut off date.

“On April 2, your Google+ account and any Google+ pages you created will be shut down and we will begin deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts,” Google said.

“The process of deleting content from consumer Google+ accounts, Google+ Pages, and Album Archive will take a few months, and content may remain through this time.”

(Jonathan Brady/PA)

Google first announced plans to close Google+ in October, after a flaw discovered earlier in the year had exposed the personal information of up to 500,000 people.

It had originally set a closure date of August 2019, but decided to move it forward to April following the emergence of a second bug on the platform.

Google+ is also used as a sign-in button on some third-party websites – this will cease to function in the coming weeks, though in some cases it will be replaced by a standard Google Account button.

However, the site will live on for business users using Google+ for G Suite.

Google+ first launched in June 2011, but struggled to compete against Facebook in the social media sector.

- Press Association


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