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Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Google Inc., attends a news conference in New Delhi, India, on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017.
its own blog post about the bug, Google writes that the possibly exposed data included users’ names, email addresses, birth dates, profile photos, and genders, though not any information related to personal communication or phone numbers. The company says that it found no evidence that any developer misused profile data, though it cannot confirm which users were impacted.
In response, Google plans to shut down all consumer functionality of Google+. Since the social network first launched in 2011, it failed to gain popular appeal and was broken up into separate products in 2015. The blog post states that the consumer version currently has low usage and engagement and that 90 percent of user sessions last less than five seconds.
Google shares fell more than 2 percent to $1134.23 on the news.
Alphabet didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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