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Does DuckDuckGo censor its web searches as Google does?

by Sawongam

First of all, Just to be clear, Let’s have a look at the definition of Censored from a dictionary.

  1. A person authorized to examine books, films, or other material and to remove or suppress what is considered morally, politically, or otherwise objectionable.
  2. One of two officials in ancient Rome responsible for taking the public census and supervising public behavior and morals.
  3. One that condemns or censures.

(Definitions transcribed from the Free Dictionary website)

The only censorship (actual censorship) that anyone can claim to be aware of is that defined by governments. Any search engine will be required to abide by such law and for that purpose, DDG will have to also censor your searches and mine in certain circumstances.

“As Google does” is a potential trick question. We don’t know if and how Google “does”. As a pragmatist has worked inside government and knows a little about the power behind politicians my personal view is that fiddling with deliberately with search results to suit specific goals was most likely rampant over the past few years and probably still happening more covertly.

I feel as confident as one can be that DDG won’t do this for the simple reason that they are not advertising revenue driven, however the powers that be can be very persuasive.

The problem of “Censorship” often described as Bubbles” and another terminology is mostly overgrown children trying to do personalization with algorithms they don’t understand because their bosses are even dumber. I’m not seeking to trivialize the damage done by depriving people of the information needed for a balanced view by telling them what you think they want to hear based on a covert file you’ve been building, but it is not the same as centralized deliberate brainwashing strategy as proposed by some.
No, I don’t believe DDG has anything to do with such stupid and damaging practices.

People who demonstrate poor search results, fail to realize just how utterly stupid Google search really is. Without intelligent SEO or a great body of the content on the same subject whereby the engine has learned to understand this previously, the search bot is as smart as a mouse on crack and infinitely less sensible.

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