Google has decided to cull its social media platform, Google+ after it found out that the social media site's users' private information was left compromised because of a technical malfunction. According to a report published in the Wall Street Journal, Google didn't inform any of its users about the security flaw and instead doubled down on the information, choosing to act discreetly.
The users' private information was left vulnerable between 2015 up to March 2018, which is when Google found out about the flaw in its security and decided to take the necessary steps to fix the problem. However, Google also felt that if this information were to be made public, it would affect the reputation and standing it has in the industry and hence, decided to not to announce it publicly, especially to the users of the social media site themselves.
The company CEO Sundar Pichai was also kept in the loop regarding this non-disclosure decision. A statement released by the company noted, "Whenever user data may have been affected, we go beyond our legal requirements and apply several criteria focused on our users in determining whether to provide notice."
But given that the likes of social media sites like Facebook have been in the eye of the storm for lack of transparency and their susceptibility to breaching in security, doubts are being raised as though whether Google should have made the threats to Google+ known.
The company statement also mentioned that since this problem didn't contravene its policies on when a user needed to be informed about any potential threat to his privacy, the company decided to keep mum about it. Google+ was launched in 2011.
It was to be Facebook's rival in the social media websites' industry although it never gained any traction as compared to Facebook. Meanwhile, earlier in September 2018, Facebook announced that around 50 million users were left exposed to probable violation of security.