Privacy-Focused Search Engine DuckDuckGo Reaches 100 Million Daily Searches

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Privacy-Focused Search Engine DuckDuckGo Reaches 100 Million Daily Searches

By MovieguideĀ® Staff

The privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo recently reached 100 million daily searches, making history for the 12-year-old company.

After recent events lifted the veil of big tech’s reach over the past year, DuckDuckGo’s significant uptick in daily activity reveals that consumers are looking for new alternatives for increased privacy and freedom.

The DuckDuckGo about page reads: “You deserve privacy. Companies are making money off of your private information online without your consent. At DuckDuckGo, we don’t think the Internet should feel so creepy and getting the privacy you deserve online should be as simple as closing the blinds. Too many people believe that you simply can’t expect privacy on the Internet. We disagree and have made it our mission to set a new standard of trust online.”

According to ZDNet, after steady growth over the past two years, daily searches skyrocketed as of August 2020, when the engine started to receive 2 billion search queries per month.

DuckDuckGo is not the only company to benefit from consumer’s search for alternatives to big tech companies. Signal and Telegram, two messaging apps focussed on consumer privacy, witnessed an influx of new users.

Telegram recently reached 500 million registered users. Moreover, Signal’s servers went down after “millions upon millions of new users” joined the app.

Facebook, which has already received backlash for its blatant censorship and neglect of user privacy in the past, announced that it would block access to WhatsApp accounts unless users agreed to a new privacy policy that allowed Facebook to access WhatsApp user data.

According to ZDNet, Facebook delayed the new privacy policy by three months. However, Facebook alternatives have already cashed in on consumer demands for more privacy.