Or maybe it was the backlash after they covered up a data breach. Google+ to shut down after coverup of data-exposing bug.
A security bug allowed third-party developers to access Google+ user profile data since 2015 until Google discovered and patched it in March, but decided not to inform the world. When a user gave permission to an app to access their public profile data, the bug also let those developers pull their and their friends’ non-public profile fields.
They didn’t admit to any of this because – according to a company memo – they didn’t want the Cambridge-Analytica-style publicity. OK, now they have their own bad publicity.
Now Google+, which was already a ghost town largely abandoned or never inhabited by users, has become a massive liability for the company.
When will companies take security seriously? When an executive who makes a boneheaded decision – like either not funding security, or covering it up – is held accountable in a court of law. Nothing else is going to get it done.