THE DuckDuckGo is one of the most popular alternatives to the Google search engine. Now, this privacy-focused search engine has removed or blocked a large amount of search results listing popular websites like The Pirate Bay, Fmovies, and others.
At the same time, several channels of illegal distribution of protected content through YouTube also ended up disappearing from the DuckDuckGo search results. As an example, the service Yoube-mp3, a popular platform for converting YouTube videos into audio, has also disappeared from the results of this search engine.
DuckDuck Go is the perfect alternative to the Google search engine
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For example, unlike Google and other search engines, DuckDuckGo does not keep a record of the user’s IP address or other related personal information. That is, it can be used as a more private search tool.
Furthermore, in recent years this solution has stood out from other alternatives to Google by presenting more reliable and “cleaner” search results. That is, without presenting pirated content, or illegal content distribution platforms.
More privacy-friendly but not perfect solution
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DuckDuckGo’s merit is unquestionable in its primacy for respecting user privacy. It is not, however, immune from copyright concerns and legal disputes if it turns out to have results that encourage piracy.
An example of this was the recent removal of several shortcuts to “pirate websites”, something that put DuckDuckGo under the spotlight and raised doubts about respect for intellectual property.
More specifically, the search engine ended up removing up to 2,000 entries for popular piracy websites like Pirate Bay, 1337x, as well as RARBG. However, the platform stated that it did not censor these platforms, stating that they were still listed in the results presented. Now, however, the company appears to have changed its mind.
Possible removal of pirated websites indexing
While Google is actively changing the content display algorithm to push pirated websites to the bottom, rival DuckDuck Go appears to have effectively removed this content from its index, no longer displaying it.
According to the publication Torrentfreak, when performing new searches on the search engine in question, the results of pirated websites are non-existent. However, after they contacted the search engine it provided a simpler explanation.
This thesis was advanced last weekend, but it would all be a technical error within the company. That is, there is no censorship of this type of content, but there was, yes, a lapse in its presentation for a few days.
Similarly, we are not “purging” YouTube-dl or The Pirate Bay and they both have actually been continuously available in our results if you search for them by name (which most people do). Our site: operator (which hardly anyone uses) is having issues which we are looking into.
— Gabriel Weinberg (@yegg) April 17, 2022
More specifically, DuckDuckGo states that they are facing some problems in the presentation of these contents. The explanation is advanced by the company’s CEO in the Twitter posts listed above.
Currently, the results are being presented for the researches in question, and the temporary failure has been resolved.
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