Bing No Longer Powers Facebook Web Search Results

Dec 15, 2014 • 8:59 am | comments (12) by | Filed Under Bing Search

Bing Facebook SearchReuters reported over the weekend that Facebook has dropped their Microsoft Bing partnership to power the web search results within Facebook search.

Facebook has stopped including results from Microsoft Bing search engine on its social networking site.

The move, confirmed by a company spokesperson, comes as Facebook has revamped its own search offerings, introducing a tool on Monday that allows users to quickly find past comments and other information posted by their friends on Facebook.

The decision may reflect the increasing importance that Facebook sees in Web search technology, a market dominated by rival Google.

This is how the search results, powered by Bing, looked in Facebook:

Facebook Search Bing Via SEL in 2012

"We’re not currently showing web search results in Facebook Search because we’re focused on helping people find what’s been shared with them on Facebook," a company spokesperson told Reuters. "We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas.”

Bing does have other partnerships with Facebook, including many where Bing search itself uses Facebook data.

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