Remember When Everyone Said DuckDuckGo was for Free Speech? Not Any More

Remember when people kept saying that they were dumping Google because DuckDuckGo was all about free speech and legitimate search results? Well, not anymore.

Over the last few years, many conservatives have insisted that they were using DuckDuckGo because it didn’t screen search results — thereby giving a truer result — and also did not save user data.

The latter is a bit hard to prove and it is clear in DuckDuckGo’s code that the search site does have the capability to do so. Whether it does or not, is hard to say.

So, we’ll put that aside for now. But let’s go on to the other point, that DuckDuckGo does not alter search results so that users only see what DuckDuckGo wants users to see.

That seemed true… until now.

A of this month, DuckDuckGo admitted that it is now preventing users from seeing results that would take them to Russian sites or sites that support Russia.

Search site CEO Gabriel Weinberg proudly admitted it, too.

“Like so many others I am sickened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the gigantic humanitarian crisis it continues to create. #StandWithUkraine,” Weinberg wrote.

“At DuckDuckGo, we’ve been rolling out search updates that down-rank sites associated with Russian disinformation,” he added.

Well, now DuckDuckGo is exactly the same as Google.

So much for freedom on the web.

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Cross-posted with iPatriot


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Warner Todd Huston

Warner Todd Huston has been writing editorials and news since 2001 but started his writing career penning articles about U.S. history back in the early 1990s. Huston has appeared on Fox News, Fox Business Network, CNN, and several local Chicago News programs to discuss the issues of the day. Additionally, he is a regular guest on radio programs from coast to coast. Huston has also been a Breitbart News contributor since 2009. Warner works out of the Chicago area, a place he calls a "target rich environment" for political news.

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