Google has found another bug in its Google+ social network that it says affects as many as 52.5 million users.
It said the flaw allowed “name, email address, occupation, and age” to be exposed to third-party developers, even if accounts had been set to private.
The bug, discovered “recently”, was introduced to the network in November.
In October, Google decided to close Google+ to the public after finding data on 500,000 of its users had been exposed.
As a result of this latest find, it said, the closedown had been brought forward.
“With the discovery of this new bug, we have decided to expedite the shutdown of all Google+ APIs [application programming interfaces]; this will occur within the next 90 days,” wrote David Thacker, head of product management for G Suite, Google’s range of apps offered to businesses.
“In addition, we have also decided to accelerate the sun-setting of consumer Google+ from August 2019 to April 2019.
“While we recognise there are implications for developers, we want to ensure the protection of our users.”
Mr Thacker added that the problem was discovered by Google staff via routine testing, and that there was no evidence it had been exploited by bad actors.