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DuckDuckGo is now the second most popular search engine in the West

By Didi Rankovic | Reclaim the Net | June 29, 2021

DuckDuckGo is one of the privacy-focused alternatives to Google’s massive ad business operation taking place under the guise of a search engine.

Regardless, Google Search has for years if not decades been the most widely used search tool, at least in the western world. Installed and integrated into every Android device and made default even in Google’s rival browsers, the search market is an effective monopoly that’s a very hard nut to crack.

However, DuckDuckGo is now reporting that it has seen significant growth, both in terms of numbers and market status, having had over 50 million app downloads over the last 12 months – which is said to be more than in all previous years put together.

At the same time search traffic increased 55%, and all this propelled the engine to the number two spot on mobile apps in the US, Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands.

One of DuckDuckGo’s features is not to track users, which makes it difficult to know precisely how many of them there are, but a blog post said that market share estimates, downloads, and national surveys put that number at between 70 and 100 million.

According to DuckDuckGo, this answers the question of whether people who say they care about online privacy are actually willing to do something about improving it. The conclusion is that in order for more people to take action, companies providing alternatives to dominant platforms and services need to take ease of use into account.

Those behind the family of products – the search engine, the mobile DuckDuckGo Privacy Browser that replaces Chrome and extensions for desktop versions of other browsers – believe they have this solved by bundling them into one app that is available cross-browser and cross-platform.

About to hit beta is DuckDuckGo Email Protection, which aims to improve email privacy without forcing users to switch to a different email service. Other improvements include tracker blocking for Android, expected to roll out as yet another beta during the summer, while the mobile app’s desktop version is planned by the end of 2021. According to DuckDuckGo, it will be usable as a primary browser.

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  1. Google Search was great when it began, but lately I’ve noticed that in lots of “sensitive areas” its Search tends to lead you away from what you want. Has anyone else noticed this?


    Comment by brianharryaustralia | June 29, 2021 | Reply

    • Absolutely. In many cases Google openly admits to manipulating and censoring search results. I switched to DuckDuckGo about 3 years ago.

      I’ve heard people talk about the microphone on their smartphone picking up on subjects they’re talking about and proceeding to find advertising on their phone tailored to what they’re talking about. Personally, I’ve seen a much more alarming phenomenon, when talking to a friend, the topic we were discussing was picked up by their phone, and because of our proximity, the tailored content showed up on *my* phone. I know this was unique, because on my phone I have 1) software blocking the microphone, and 2) firewall software. She was talking about fossilized poop, known as coprolite. I opened google on my phone and typed in “CO”, and the first autocomplete suggestion was coprolite. The odds of that being a coincidence are astronomical. This stuff goes way farther than even most paranoid people believe.

      I was just today reading a very important article where the author has experienced extreme censorship, both by lawsuits and by search manipulation.

      The Epstein Associate Nobody’s Talking About: The IDF-Linked Bond Girl Infiltrating the UK NHS
      And a related article by the same author-
      Daniel Korski: The Intelligence-Linked Mastermind Behind the UK’s Orwellian Healthtech Advisory Board

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      Comment by hamburgertime | June 29, 2021 | Reply

      • Thanks for that. I knew I “Smelt a Rat” with Google…….It’s just another arm of the MSM now, a Garbage Pit……


        Comment by brianharryaustralia | June 29, 2021 | Reply

    • It’s amazing that in the world about 97% use Google – almost as daft as FaceBilge

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      Comment by almostvoid | June 30, 2021 | Reply

  2. DuckDuckGo while it is clean and well behaved, no cyber trix up you digital-memory cpu basially cleans up the Google based search results. I used Swiss Cows Swiss, for a while and now a neater Qwant, Frech and an Iceland email address. No 5 Eyes.

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    Comment by Lutz Barz | June 30, 2021 | Reply

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