DuckDuckGo burned a truckload of goodwill with me today
Their DDG-branded web browser for Android has a feature which [it doesn't matter what it does by design], but as a side effect it sends every URL you visited to DuckDuckGo's servers. That is the single worst thing they could do as a "privacy" focused web browser.
When this was pointed out to them, they doubled down. For a year. It took an HN front page (in the comments section they doubled down *again*) and 10 hours of arguing with them before the CEO stepped in and agreed to remove the feature.
@sir are there any search engine competitors that are actually usable?
@sir @kungtotte @dsvdv the scraping sometimes leads to blank results, but there's a #searx instance that sources from other searx nodes - only the best quality ones, and it filters out #CloudFlare sites to boot. It's #Tor only: https://ss.wodferndripvpe6ib4uz4rtngrnzichnirgn7t5x64gxcyroopbhsuqd.onion
Seems to be used for some results (testing done with toggling the "Country" option to "France" and asking in French)
On third page there's this result:
"Mon IP : 126.96.36.199"
Which has reverse ending to "search.qwant.com"
To support this server and the OMN project https://opencollective.com/open-media-network