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Facebook data funnelled to Russian search engine Yandex

Published on Jan 15, 2014 6:45 AM
 
This Feb 25, 2013 photo taken in Washington, DC, shows the splash page for the Internet social media giant Facebook. Yandex on Tuesday announced that it is adding public Facebook data to the index of data mined for queries handled by the Russian Internet search giant. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Yandex on Tuesday announced that it is adding public Facebook data to the index of data mined for queries handled by the Russian Internet search giant.

"As of today, public content from Facebook users in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, other CIS countries and Turkey will be available for indexing by Yandex as soon as it has been published," Russia's biggest search engine said in an English-language statement.

Yandex said that an agreement with Facebook gives it full access to the California-based social network's "firehose" of public data.

"Users can find out what those on the social network are saying about the current headline news events, for example, or the latest movies," Yandex said.

 
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