According to foreign media reports,Facebook is testing a new feature that aims to keep users on its platform when looking for real information, rather than turning to Google or Wikipedia.The company confirmed to techcrunch that it is experimenting with an updated version of Facebook search that will show real information when users search for public figures, places and interests.
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For example, typing the name of a movie in Facebook's search box will show you an information box that provides all the details about the movie.
It is reported that the information comes from public data, including Wikipedia. But instead of asking users to click on Facebook to view information, it's displayed in a side panel next to search results. This is similar to the knowledge panel format that Google automatically generates in the same type of search.
Facebook confirmed to techcrunch that the feature is a pilot project and is currently running in English on IOS, desktop clients and mobile networks.
However, as a new player just involved in the field, its performance is not satisfactory. For example, when you search for "clown" movie, it will pop up relevant information from Wikipedia, but when you search for "parasite" Oscar best film, you will not get any information.
At the same time, when searching for "Donald Trump ", it is easy to appear the information panel about the US president, but when searching for the names of many of its cabinet members, there is no information about them. The new coronavirus expert's information appears in the sidebar when the word "Anthony Fauci( Anthony Fauci)" is entered in the Facebook search box, but it is not shown when" dr.fauci( Dr Fauci)" is used as a search entry.
Google's knowledge panel will not encounter such a problem, because it can intuitively judge the people, places or things that users may be searching at the time of query.
It is not the first time Facebook has used Wikipedia data to enhance its services. It used information from Wikipedia on its community pages as early as a decade ago.
Unfortunately, Facebook did not provide more details about how long it plans to test the new search feature, or when it expects it to be more widely available.