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Google closes Google+ after users' data left exposed

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Google is pulling the plug on its flagship social network Google+ after data from up to 500,000 users was left exposed by a bug.

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Google said it would shut down the consumer version of the platform after it revealed users' data may have been exposed by a bug that was present for more than two years.

In a blog post, the company revealed it discovered the leak and patched it in March. It said it had no evidence that the data was misused or that any developer was aware of it or had exploited the leak.

A Google spokesperson said there were "significant challenges in creating and maintaining a successful Google+ that meets consumers' expectations".

They said the firm would "sunset" the app amid "very low usage".

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