View Full Version : Bing results tainted

08-05-2009, 11:31 PM
Any search on Bing that might be taken as anti-Microsoft is automatically redirected to pro-Microsoft results.
Link (http://advice.cio.com/shane_oneill/bing_search_tainted_by_pro_microsoft_results)

If Microsoft is going to resort to blocking and self-protection with their search engine, they could at least be subtle. This is about as subtle as a machine gun.

... I'm finding its search results to be sloppy. Sloppy is one thing, but sloppy and censored? That's when evil starts lurking

08-05-2009, 11:38 PM
It's worth noting that these results are now "magically" relevant as of today, though.

08-06-2009, 03:21 PM
Typing in the "Why is windows so expensive?" phrase (without quotes) does return much better results in Google and a lot of questionable articles for Bing, with Yahoo being a little better than Bing. Ask.com was up there with Google in quality of results. It's also very funny to note that the article "Why are Macs So Expensive?" is still the first result returned by Bing, with another article about MacBooks being expensive. However, doing a search on "Windows sucks" (no quotes) returns fairly consistent results across the board, with Google and Ask seeming to have a slightly better quality of articles.

So although the first search would seem Bing is purposely skewing the results in that query, it doesn't seem to in the next. Why skew one and not the other? Wouldn't you censor most negative searches? To me, it's a result of poor search algorithms.

For one more test, I did "Bing sucks" (no quotes) and received an entire list of negative articles about Bing on all four search engines. I would think that if Microsoft really wanted to skew results with its search engine, the first it would target would be articles on its own search engine. So, honestly, I would first blame the horrible "decision" search algorithms Bing uses before jumping into the murky censorship waters.


08-06-2009, 07:14 PM
I'm not convinced this is some evil plot. After this story broke, Bing has started picking up articles that talk about this story. The #5 result when I ran that phrase through is a blog post talking about the story, so if M$ was really censoring/manipulating search results, they would surely be suppressing results like those.

I tried "is windows better than mac" and the results seem to be pretty balanced between Windows and Mac fanboys. The same search using Google looked almost identical.

08-06-2009, 08:02 PM
I think Hanlon's razor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanlon%27s_razor) is the appropriate explanation. At least until there is more solid proof to prove otherwise.