Google announces that it is shutting down its Google+ network for consumers after seven years due to "very low usage" and a software error, first reported by "The Wall Street Journal", that potentially exposed the data of 500,000 users. Google+ will fully shut down in August 2019.
At the Leveson Inquiry into British media practices, UK Secretary of State for Business Vince Cable, who initially had responsibility for overseeing News Corp.ration's bid to take full control of BSkyB, tells the hearing he was warned the Liberal Democrats would be "done over" by the company's newspapers if he ruled against the takeover.
The News Corp.ration board expresses its "full confidence" in Rupert Murdoch following a UK government media committee's conclusion yesterday that Murdoch is "not a fit person" to run a major international business.
News International phone hacking scandal: The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee publishes its report into phone hacking at the "News of the World". The committee concludes that Rupert Murdoch "is not a fit person" to run a major international company and exhibited "wilful blindness" to phone-hacking and other practices going on in his media empire. The report also accuses three News Corp.ration executives of giving misleading evidence.
Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.ration takes out a second series of adverts in Britain's Sunday newspapers apologising for wrongdoing at the "News of the World". [https:--www.cnbc.com-id-43784302 (CNBC)]date=August 2019
David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, makes a statement to the House of Commons in relation to the judicial inquiry into the "News of the World" phone hacking affair, hours before the announcement that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.ration had withdrawn its bid to take full ownership of BSkyB.