Facebook stops using Microsoft Bing web search results

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Facebook has stopped including results from Microsoft’s Bing search engine on its social networking site. The move, confirmed by a company spokesperson, comes as Facebook revamped its own search offerings. On Monday alone, Facebook introduced a tool that allows users to quickly search and find past reviews and other information posted by their friends. The move may reflect the growing importance Facebook places on web search technology, a market dominated by rival Google. Facebook searches have long been aimed at helping users connect with their friends and find other information that exists within the walls of the social networking service of 1.35 billion users. But for years, Facebook’s search results also included links to stand-alone websites provided by Bing.

“We currently do not display web search results in Facebook Search because we are focused on helping people find what has been shared with them on Facebook,” a spokesperson for the company. “We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in many different areas. Microsoft was not immediately available for comment.

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has flagged the research as one of the company’s main growth initiatives. He noted in July that there were over a billion search queries on Facebook every day and hinted that the large amount of information that users share within Facebook could eventually replace the need to search on. the Web answers to some questions.

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