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January 14, 2021

We’ve received a number of comments asking about an Internet rumor that Google bought the DuckDuckGo search engine that protects privacy. This is not true. A few years ago, Google bought a company that owned the domain, which led to the confusion. DuckDuckGo complained, and Google voluntarily relinquished the domain, which now automatically redirects users to

So it appears that DuckDuckGo is still so independent and dedicated to protecting privacy that they are justified in having a welcome mat at their headquarters that reads, “Come Back With A Warrant.” (I’m still disappointed that I didn’t get one of those for Christmas.)


There’s also some discussion online about Google thinking it’s in their best interests not to try to take over or crush DuckDuckGo or Bing because that gives them some nominal competition to point to when they’re accused of being a monopoly. We’ll see how long that lasts if DuckDuckGo gets so many users that it threatens their monopoly…oops, sorry: I mean, "their business."

Here’s an article about DuckDuckGo from 2019, explaining the differences between the two search engines and why you might prefer DuckDuckGo (aside from the obvious political and “not supporting evil” reasons.)

Another issue we’re getting questions on (and that helped fuel the Google rumor) is that people think they’re seeing more left-leaning results on DuckDuckGo lately. I searched for “impeachment” and got fairly mainstream news stories and definitions from Wikipedia and A search for “Mike Huckabee” turned up a Fox News article and other benign results. It’s possible that if you see more left-leaning results, it’s because DuckDuckGo sifts through about 400 sources, including the Bing search engine, and there are currently a lot more left-leaning stories so more might turn up on DuckDuckGo, but that’s just a guess. Compare it to Google’s news results and there’s no contest.

Finally, if you want a privacy-protecting browser alternative to DuckDuckGo for some reason, you might try, which is based in France. But DuckDuckGo is NOT owned by Google.


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  • Tim Clark

    01/20/2021 01:45 PM

    Just need the truth.

  • Tommy Haltom Jr

    01/17/2021 11:40 PM

    The only reason I use google search is for recipes now. Screw them.

  • Ruth White

    01/17/2021 11:13 PM

    I decided to try DuckDuckgo but when I went to the website, the option is to 'Add to Chrome'. Doesn't google own chrome? So how is using DuckDuckgo different?

  • Carolyn Carpenter

    01/17/2021 06:53 PM

    Thank you for the information. I will share it. God bless you and yours.

  • Larry Taylor

    01/17/2021 05:23 PM

    Found you on MeWe. I'm new to MeWe. Great to see a friendly face. Been using DuckDuckgo for quite a while.

  • Tena Buffington

    01/17/2021 04:45 PM

    Thank you for clearing that up for us. Appreciate you and God Bless you

  • Scott Metcalf

    01/17/2021 04:09 PM

    good news, I am trying to convince more friends to come to MEWE and DUCKDUCKGO, I currently have a PAGE on FACEBOOK for my Non-Profit Veterans Honor Guard The "Macomb County Ritual Team", I have attempted to duplicate it, so I can leave Facebook, but need more friends to follow, so I know the word of our work will still get out

  • Mex

    01/17/2021 03:08 PM

    At times, it feels like there’s some filtration. I still use it, though.

  • Jerry Keith

    01/15/2021 12:56 AM

    Keep up the good work!!!