DuckDuckGo Will Down-Rank Spread of Russian Misinformation

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Mar 11, 2022

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Users of the search engine are not particularly enthusiastic about the information disclosed by DuckDuckGo’s chief executive.

Tanking Russian-Sponsored Misinformation

The search engine DuckDuckGo will now down-rank websites that participate in the spread of Russian misinformation and propaganda. 

According to Weinberg’s tweets, DuckDuckGo’s new updates will downrank sites that play a part in sharing Russian misinformation. The company did not elaborate on the processes involved.

Earlier this month, DuckDuckGo announced a “pause” to its relationship with Yandex, Russia’s biggest internet search engine. Now, it will join tech giants like Facebook, Google, and Twitter in taking measures to curb propaganda relating to the invasion. Twitter, for instance, removes or places warning labels on tweets associated with Russian state media.

DuckDuckGo, a popular search and browsing option for privacy-focused users, does not track users or sell their data. Instead, it funds its operations with money generated from non-targeted ads and affiliate links.

Scathing Reaction

The decision has so far garnered overwhelmingly critical reactions from its users. Some replies to the search engine’s tweet questioned the motive for the move, calling it a departure from DuckDuckGo’s “unbiased” policy. In addition, some users threatened to dump the search company.

Responding to criticism that the move counters the point of the search engine, Weinberg said that privacy remains its point. 

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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