Search engine customers in China received a impolite awakening once they realized final week that DuckDuckGo had been blocked or was briefly unavailable.
CNet reported on the story once they discovered a tweet from DuckDuckGo chief government (CEO) and founder Gabriel Weinberg. DuckDuckGo is one other in an extended line of search engines or Web properties to be banned in China.
Unlike its counterparts Google and Bing, DuckDuckGo has made it very clear that the privateness of its customers is of the utmost significance. And maybe due to this, the search engine has seen growing reputation over the previous yr. In reality, it reached greater than 1 billion searches in 2013.
It continues to be unclear precisely how a lot of DuckDuckGo’s visitors comes from China, however apparently it’s sufficient for individuals to start noticing.
According to Greatfire.org, DuckDuckGo.com is ninety eight % blocked in China and it seems that the block might have began round September O, 2014.
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DuckDuckGo focuses on three core worth propositions for customers:
- Privacy: No private info is collected or shared.
- Smarter Search: Offering options resembling immediate solutions, !bangs, and keyboard shortcuts permits for quicker and smarter search.
- Less Clutter: There is little curiosity in selling different services or products, which eliminates the necessity for as many ads.
If you need to study extra about DuckDuckGo from founder Gabriel Weinberg, click here to observe a podcast the place he describes his product and why it’s useful for customers.
It appears that search engines try to strike the fragile stability between following the orders of the Chinese authorities and offering entry to uncensored info. But regardless of the way you slice it, China is purposefully making it arduous for its individuals to entry info they want to stay unseen.