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Google “alternative” DuckDuckGo has become “Google Lite” with decision to censor sites over “disinformation”

Google “alternative” DuckDuckGo has become “Google Lite” with decision to censor sites over “disinformation”

(Natural News) For the past few years, as search and tech behemoth Google began leaning heavily to the left and became a full-fledged propagandist for the deep state, more and more Internet users switched to DuckDuckGo as an alternative.

The latter posited itself as a much more ‘free’ platform and far more committed to protecting users’ privacy, while Google literally vacuums every crumb of user activity so it can target Internet surfers with ads and other ‘select’ content.

But it appears as though the deep state has now infiltrated DuckDuckGo as well, as noted by an announcement from the search engine company this past week which said the platform will become “downgrading” — i.e., censoring — sites deemed to be pushing “disinformation.” As you know, “disinformation” is just code for shutting down sites publishing facts and views that have not been ‘approved’ by the powers that be.

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In a recent Twitter post, the CEO of privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo announced that the company would be downranking “sites associated with disinformation,” which has been a popular tactic by Google for years to reduce user access to content it considers objectionable.

DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg tweeted about the decision, stating that it was an effort to reduce Russian disinformation online.

“Like so many others I am sickened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the gigantic humanitarian crisis it continues to create. #StandWithUkraine?,” Weinberg stated, adding: “At DuckDuckGo, we’ve been rolling out search updates that down-rank sites associated with Russian disinformation.”

“In addition to down-ranking sites associated with disinformation, we also often place news modules and information boxes at the top of DuckDuckGo search results (where they are seen and clicked the most) to highlight quality information for rapidly unfolding topics,” he continued.

“DuckDuckGo’s mission is to make simple privacy protection accessible to all. Privacy is a human right and transcends politics, which is why about 100 million people around the world use DuckDuckGo. (We don’t have an exact count since we don’t track people.)” Weinberg noted further.

Needless to say, the announcement was met with mocking and derision online.

If Weinberg did not see this massive backlash coming, then he has no business running DuckDuckGo.

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