Sunday, March 20, 2022

DuckDuckGo Jumps On the Censorship Bandwagon?

By Tim Gamble

Rob Braxman, the tech expert, entrepreneur and hacker who bills himself as the "Internet Privacy Guy," is reporting that the search engine DuckDuckGo has "gone woke" and is censoring search results to favor a Leftist agenda. "What's up with DuckDuckGo? Just did a few tests and I clearly see censorship" stated Braxman. He goes into more details in a video he released a few days ago:

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DuckDuckGo is an alternative to Big Tech search engines such as Google and Bing. It has been extremely popular with the Right and others due to its emphasis on privacy and, we assumed, its lack of Google-style censorship. According to Braxman, DuckDuckGo appears to remain a good privacy choice, but its days of not censoring conservative viewpoints are over. 

What are our alternatives? Braxman has long recommended StartPage and continues to do so. He also says that DuckDuckGo remains a good privacy option, but we need to remember that its results are now biased against conservatives and viewpoints opposing those of the Left. 

I personally use Brave Search (still in Beta, but open to the public) and Qwant (European-based, so it is governed by stricter EU privacy laws) as my main search engines. I also occasionally use StartPage and DuckDuckGo. I never use Google, Bing, or Yahoo search engines, and haven't in many years.  

There are other alternatives. You may be interested in reading my recent article Privacy and Anti-Censorship Alternatives to Google, written before Braxman made me aware of DuckDuckGo's drift to the Dark Side. 

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