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Google Accelerates Plus Closure after Another Privacy Lapse

Google's social network will shut down sooner than originally announced. Google's social network will shut down sooner than originally announced. | 

Updated: December 10, 2018 03:27 PM

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) - Google is still having trouble protecting the personal information on its Plus service, prodding the company to accelerate its plans to shut down a little-used social network created to compete against Facebook.

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A privacy flaw that inadvertently exposed the names, email addresses, ages and other personal information of 52.5 million Google Plus users last month convinced Google to close the service in April instead of August, as previously announced. Google revealed the new closure date and its latest privacy lapse in a Monday blog post .

It's the second time in two months that Google has disclosed the existence of a problem that enabled unauthorized access to Plus profiles. In October, the company acknowledged finding a privacy flaw affecting 500,000 Plus users that it waited more than six months to disclose.

This story has been corrected to reflect Google delayed disclosure of earlier Plus privacy flaw for more than six months, not five months.

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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