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Facebook, Twitter, MySpace tell Google 'Don't be evil' in search results

social-media Updated: Jan 25, 2012 14:54 IST

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Social networking sites Facebook, Twitter and MySpace have created a new web tool to direct users' attention to what they call 'biased search results from Google,' delivering a resounding message to the tech giant- "Don't be evil".

The browser named 'Don't be evil', a reference to one of Google's early mottos, works only for Firefox users.

It has been created in an attempt to stop the search giant from promoting its own social network, Google+, to the top of people's web searches, The Telegraph reports.

Google recently announced a search update known as 'Search Plus Your World', which offer users more links to Google+ when they search the web, including in part of the results page usually set aside for advertising.

It is the latest example of Google promoting its secondary services via search, a practice currently under investigation by European competition authorities for alleged monopoly abuses.

Facebook, MySpace an Twitter engineers, therefore teamed up to work with some developers from Firefox, to create the 'Don't be evil' browser add-on, which will negate the effects of the latest Google update.

The open-source piece of software can be downloaded from focusontheuser.org. The site provides examples of search results using the tool.