Facebook excises Bing search results, shifts to internal engine

Facebook logoSocial network behemoth Facebook has removed Microsoft Bing search results from its pages in the last few days. The move, confirmed by Facebook officials, shifts the users' results to its own "Facebook Search" effort to help focus "on helping people find what's been shared with them." The move underscores Facebook's continued competition with Google. In parallel with the Bing excision, Facebook rolled out changes to "Graph Search" to return specific posts to searchers, instead of just results for people.

When Bing search results were introduced, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg heralded the addition, saying that "we don't think a lot of people will come to Facebook to do web searches, but if we can't find what you're looking for, it's good to have this." Earlier this year, he claimed that Facebook's information density generated by users "is bigger than any Web search corpus out there."

Despite the removal, Facebook claims to have "a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas." Microsoft concurs with Facebook's statement, echoing the same sentiment.

Source: Electronista

Tags: Bing, Facebook, Microsoft, social networks

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