Google+ social network shuts down for good

Google permanently shut down its Google+ social network, sometimes referred to as Google Plus or G+, on Tuesday several months after revealing security bugs that exposed the private data of millions of users.

The tech giant also admitted that the platform suffered from low usage and big challenges in meeting "consumer users' expectations."

"From all of us on the Google+ team, thank you for making Google+ such a special place," reads a message on

Google said it began deleting all Google+ content on April 2 but the process will take "a few months to complete, and content may remain through this time."

You can read the company's FAQ about the shutdown here.

In the meantime, Google said it would work on products for businesses.

"We're committed to focusing on our enterprise efforts, and will be launching new features purpose-built for businesses," Google said in a statement.

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