Yandex Removes Voice-Controlled Social Search App Wonder After Facebook Blocks Them

Posted Jan 30, 2013

Yandex is a Russian search engine company that recently launched their first product for the U.S. market.  The company launched a social search application called Wonder.  The app was supposed to pull data from your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Foursquare account to help you answer questions like “What movies do my friends like?”

The app essentially competed against the Facebook Graph Search.  Facebook ended up quickly blocking Wonder’s API access from them.  As a result, Yandex has removed the Wonder app from the App Store.

Below is a statement that Yandex sent to TheNextWeb:

Facebook moved quickly to block API access, rendering the app largely useless. A new statement from Yandex today explains this further (emphasis ours):

?We discussed the issue with Facebook and it was confirmed that Facebook views the application Wonder as something that violates the Facebook Platform Policies (section I.12) and that the access to Facebook?s Graph API will not be restored.

?According to Section I.12, no data obtained from Facebook can be used in any search engine or directory without the company?s written permission. The reason behind Facebook?s decision to revoke our access to their data appears to be that they do consider Wonder to be a search engine, while our understanding of what it is differs from this view.?

It is not known whether Yandex will be bringing the app back or not.  The company said that they are considering partnership opportunities with other social networks.