Google will end the consumer version of its ill-fated social network Google+ in April, four months earlier than expected, after finding another security issue impacting more than 50 million people.
In a blog post Monday, Google said that a November software update caused the Google+ API to inadvertently make users' personal information viewable to developers, even if they had opted to keep their details private. The bug was addressed after six days, and users' passwords and financial data were not impacted, according to the company.
The company said it's working on notifying the 52.5 million people whose profile data was potentially exposed due to the bug.
Still, the incident marks yet another major embarrassment for Google, which once had high hopes for Google+. The site was conceived in 2010 as a way for the search giant to compete with Facebook. But the product was hindered by poor leadership, according to former employees, and it failed to gain traction with users.