WSJ reports that Google didn’t report a data leak in Google+ to the public because it feared getting under attack like Facebook

As a consequence and since Google+ isn’t very popular they’re now shutting it down within the next months
(Outline link to avoid paywall)

This is the corresponding blog post by Google in which they also describe some other privacy related changes

@julianruf Google announces replacing Google+ by a Mastodon instance « We believe in the power of fediverse » says Larry Page 😄

@julianruf In a further statement Google said all 7 Google+ users have been notified of the breach.

@julianruf though Google+ has been declared dead so many times, and they keep finding a reason to keep it around.

@confusedcharlot We’ll see, maybe they’ll also integrate some of its functionality into a new product.

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