They are shutting the platform down due to it low usage plus the fact that the platform is now more like a liability or a ticking time bomb for them.
It was after the first data leak attempt that the company decided to shutdown the platform, but while still i the process of doing that it got involved in another massive hit and that prompted them to hasten the time for the shutdown by four months. It was supposed to be shutdown by August but is now due for april.
In both cases, Google said there’s been no evidence that developers were aware of these bugs or took advantage of them. Access to Google+ APIs has already been cut off
In October of 2018 Google’s Ben Smith wrote in a report that “While our engineering teams have put a lot of effort and dedication into building Google+ over the years, it has not achieved broad consumer or developer adoption, and has seen limited user interaction with apps,” can you believe the Google+ user session was less than 5 seconds😨😲.
But even if it never rose to anything that had a chance of challenging Facebook, the platform has been home to a small-but-loyal community of users through the years.
I guess the data leaks gave them much enough reason to shut the platform. Although they say that the process of deleting all accounts would take around a few months, so there is a probability that you might still be able to see some pages but photos and videos are all going down right now.
So i advice all Google+ users to move all their photos and videos to somewhere safe before the cleanup begins.