DuckDuckGo Rejects All Stories Surrounding Removal Of Piracy Websites

Search engine DuckDuckGo is going back on all the news and suggestions that it removed pirated websites, claiming it never went ahead with the decision.

While many users claim they had a hard time finding an array of piracy platforms through the search engine, the company confirms that it may be the case but it had nothing to do with them because they never made any active choice.

A recent report had gone on to suggest how the search engine was working hard at cracking down on illegal domains, staying true to its focus on privacy-based searches. Moreover, many praised the search engine for its efforts but it was all in vain because they’ve gone as far as rejecting the claims now.

The tech giant’s CEO is now choosing to hit back and instead put the blame upon the command relating to site and operator search. However, it was interesting to note how few users actually use it.

Gabriel Weinberg, the company’s CEO, hoped to clear all misconceptions on the matter with his recent Tweet relating to the private search engine.

Meanwhile, recent testing conducted by TechRadar Pro showed how there was no problem at the moment, and finding pirated websites was as simple as can be.

Previous reports delineated how features like YouTube-dl as well as Pirate Bay had been eliminated to help with the piracy crackdown but the company’s records prove that nothing of that sort ever took place. Again, DuckDuckGo says that it’s not just these illegal sites but a number of others who tend to alter their domain names over time.

This is not the first time the search engine has entered a controversy. Previously, reports highlighted its shocking decision to downrank search results that were in favor of Russia, ever since the war in Ukraine began.

On another occasion, it was seen to go after tech giant Google, accusing it of poor search practices and even accusing it of spying on users while delivering poor results.

DuckDuckGo was first created in the year 2008 when it hoped to fulfill its goal of catering to the needs of web users who valued their privacy. To be more specific, it targeted those who did not wish to see their personal data land in the hands of search engines like Google or others.

Now, it is seen expanding its operations with an independent browser, and its own search engine of course. However, considering that it only takes up a tiny 0.69% of the market as compared to Google which occupies a 91% hold, people don’t seem to have a problem with Google’s practices after all.

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