Bing rubbishes Google’s ‘sting operation’, denies stealing results

By on February 4, 2011
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Accuses Google of setting the whole thing up.

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Earlier in the week, Google had conducted a sting operation of sorts which showed that Bing, along with Yahoo, were shamelessly stealing search results from the popular search engine. But in a blog post yesterday, Yusuf Mehdi, Senior Vice President of the Online Services Division denies using any false methods to gather search results from Google and in turn accuses Google of setting the whole thing up.

“We do not copy results from any of our competitors. Period. Full stop. We have some of the best minds in the world at work on search quality and relevance, and for a competitor to accuse any one of these people of such activity is just insulting,” he said.

Mehdi went on to say that Google had manipulated Bing’s search results by taking advantage of the search engine’s anonymous click data method to improve results.

“Google’s “experiment” was rigged to manipulate Bing search results through a type of attack also known as “click fraud.”

Mehdi goes on to point out that Google has taken a lot of inspiration from Bing, which he says is completely fine as they want to help bring and build on great ideas in the industry. This is actually quite true – Google has implemented many features recently, like side bar filters, improve image search presentation, and basic UI touches such as preview pop-pop, all of which were ‘invented’ by Bing.

Source: Bing.


Mufaddal Fakhruddin is the Editor for IGN ME and thinks writing in third person about himself in an about me section is weird.

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