The update to Facebook’s search functionality announced last week, which will allow users to search posts that have been shared with them, claimed a victim in Bing, the search engine from Microsoft, as the social network confirmed that it will no longer include results from Bing in its search results.
Reuters broke the news late Friday, and Facebook confirmed the move to Reuters, with a spokesperson saying:
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. We continue to have a great partnership with Microsoft in lots of different areas.
Microsoft responded in a statement to VentureBeat:
Facebook recently changed its search experience to focus on helping people tap into information that’s been shared with them on Facebook versus a broader set of Web results. We continue to partner with Facebook in many different areas.
Bing and Facebook have been tied together in several ways for some time:
Readers: Did you find the Bing listings in Facebook’s search results to be useful?