Facebook has added Wikipedia knowledge panels for the results of search queries made on the platform. This feature is reminiscent of Google’s integration with Wikipedia.
But unlike Google, there is also an Instagram link to profiles present on this social media platform.
Again, unlike Google, Facebook’s efforts are aimed at keeping people in their ecosystem as much as possible. Experts also see this as part of Facebook’s current efforts against disinformation by making it easier for users to search for sources without having to leave the platform.
Not too long ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “There is so much content that is unique to the Facebook ecosystem. We can answer questions for you that no other service really can.
The latest developments from Facebook are further steps in this direction.
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Facebook said TechCrunch functionality is tested in English on the mobile web, iOS app, and desktop, although not visible to all users. It is not known how long the pilot program will last.
Many users also complained about the inconsistency of Facebook search results regarding the Wikipedia link. Movie names that are also names in English got mixed results on the search pages. Joker, for example, got the movie of the same name as Wiki Box. But the same did not happen to Parasite.
Feeding problems are inevitable before Facebook passes its search algorithms.