Mozilla has switched the default search engine in Firefox to Bing for a small subset users.
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If Bing pays them more I say do it. Most power users swap the default anyways and Firefox can use the funding. I can’t see Bing being anymore toxic than Google so it feels like a lateral move.

@vis4valentine
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Problem is. Normies are willing to change to chrome to use Google instead of changing the default search engine.

RED Vulpix
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The outrage over paper straws has shown us that most consumers are not willing to sacrifice ANY personal convenience for any sort of greater good.

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A big chunk of those users probably don’t care or notice if they use google or bing- and they probably shouldn’t because it probably doesn’t matter. Also I think the number of “normies” still using Firefox is dwindling to nothing anyway.

@stopit
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I think google IS the default search engine in FF…at least last time I updated my settings it was…I had to specifically change that.

@vis4valentine
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Yes, Google is the default, what i say is that, as many normies do not change the defaults, they may dumb firefox and switch to chrome just to use google, that is a situation FF has being dealing with for a while.

@onlooker
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Agreed. In the end I’m going to use neither Google nor Bing, so I don’t really care either way. If it helps Mozilla though, they should go for it.

@greensand
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If nothing else, this move can raise awareness that there exist alternatives to Google search

@big
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10% set as another default is just to avoid the stigma of being 100% google pions.

I can’t wait until vivaldi introduces a random default search engine feature on each right-click search. The browsers for sure contributed to the search monopoly but now is as good a time as any to right that wrong.

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Ephera
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Well, most users aren’t tech-savvy. In 2015, they ran a study and found that 40% of users don’t use any add-ons. Like, not even the obligatory ad blocker, and that was before Firefox started blocking things by default.

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