DuckDuckGo users have recently been unable to find links to The Pirate Bay and other popular torrent sites in the company’s search engine.
While initially it looked like the company had de-indexed a number of domains used to illegally download movies, TV shows, and even YouTube videos, it turns out that technical issues led to the problem instead.
First launched in 2008, DuckDuckGo is an alternative search engine that aims to better meet the needs of privacy-conscious internet users who don’t want their search data ending up in the hands of Google or other big players. tech giants. The company has since expanded its operations and now offers its own browser in addition to a search engine.
This isn’t the first time DuckDuckGo has dealt with the piracy issue as in 2018 the company removed around 2,000 search shortcuts for pirate sites called “bangs” for The Pirate Bay, 1337x and RARBG. Although these bangs have been removed, DuckDuckGo pointed out that the sites themselves still appeared in its search results.
Not a problem with DuckDuckGo
After TorrentFreak released its initial report on the matter, a DuckDuckGo spokesperson contacted the outlet to advise that no pirate domains had been removed from its search engine according to company records.
This seems to be true as you can now search for The Pirate Bay, 1337x, RARBG and other popular torrent sites and they show up in DuckDuckGo search results.
In a TweeterDuckDuckGo founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg explained that the problem was caused by the company’s site operator and not by the removal of pirated domains from its search results, saying:
“We don’t ‘purge’ YouTube-dl or The Pirate Bay and they’ve both been permanently available in our results if you search for them by name (which most people do). Our site: the operator (which almost no one uses) is having issues that we are looking into.”
Although DuckDuckGo is a privacy-focused search engine, it actually uses data from Bing for its search results. A DuckDuckGo spokesperson confirmed TorrentFreak that recent problems with its search engine were related to Bing data.
Although you can again search for popular torrent sites on DuckDuckGo, downloading movies, TV shows, games and other software is not only illegal, but you also run the risk of having your system infected with malware and other viruses.