Tuesday marked the long-promised day when Google began the process of deleting Google+ accounts, ahead of the social network’s total shutdown.
And not immune to the purge were the accounts of high-powered Google executives, which are vanishing from public view.
The accounts belonging to executives past and present like Sergey Brin, Sundar Pichai, and Eric Schmidt were deleted shortly after Business Insider reached out to Google for comment. However, we were able to take screenshots of Larry Page’s profile before deletion.
This means that the shutdown of Google+ is poised to wash away years’ worth of important company history.
Tuesday marked the long-promised day when Google began the process of deleting accounts from the Google+ social network ahead of its total shutdown. Included in this purge are the Google+ accounts of high-powered Google executives, whose photos and posts were wiped away alongside everyone else’s.
Among the list of Google+ accounts that vanished from the public record on Tuesday include those belonging to Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, current CEO Sundar Pichai, and former CEO Eric Schmidt.
Much of what was on those executives’ Google+ profiles are silly, including selfies of Brin skydiving or Page’s favorite pancake recipe. However, those profiles are also significant artifacts of Google’s history, including insight into its decision-making process and important company announcements.
It’s difficult to know just how much information was lost — the accounts belonging to executives like Sergey Brin, Sundar Pichai, and Eric Schmidt were deleted shortly after Business Insider reached out to Google for comment. However, we were able to take screenshots of Larry Page’s profile before it was deleted, below..
The loss of these profiles from public view makes it that much more difficult to get a clear view of Google’s past, and hold current leadership accountable to previous statements.
The deletion of executive Google+ accounts could have similar implications as the disappearance of Facebook posts from CEO Mark Zuckerberg, as first reported last week by Business Insider. Zuckerberg’s now-vanished posts included his remarks on important company events such as the acquisition of Instagram.
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Source:: Business Insider