Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey promoted a Google competitor in a tweet last week, writing, “I love @DuckDuckGo. My default search engine for a while now. The app is even better!”
DuckDuckGo is a privacy-focused search engine based on the promise of not exploiting its users’ data. Google’s search engine is notorious for exploiting user data, including using the data to sell advertisements.
At the top of Duck.com – the shorter link for DuckDuckGo – is the company’s pledge:
“Your data shouldn’t be for sale. At DuckDuckGo, we agree.
- Block advertising trackers.
- Keep your search history private.
- Take control of your personal data.”
On Twitter, DuckDuckGo applauded Dorsey’s endorsement of their browser.
“That’s great to hear @jack! Happy to have you on the Duck side,” tweeted DuckDuckGo.
Dorsey has been a bit of an outlier in regards to Silicon Valley overreach. While Dorsey’s company has engaged in censorship of conservatives like Laura Loomer, it was the last company to ban Alex Jones, not acting in lock-step with Google, Apple, Facebook and others that all banned Jones on the same day.
Google has been working with the totalitarian Chinese government to create new technologies, and some believe Google has handed over all of its user data directly to Chinese agencies.
The nonprofit OpenPower Foundation led by Google and IBM executives set up a collaboration with the Chinese company Semptian and U.S. chip manufacturer Xilinx to advance a breed of microprocessors that lets computers analyze vast amounts of data more efficiently.
Last year, the Intercept reported that Google was working on Project Dragonfly for China to help blacklist searches about human rights, democracy, and protests in China. The tech development would also “comply with the country’s strict censorship laws, restricting access to content that Xi Jinping’s Communist Party regime deems unfavorable.”
Silicon Valley icon Peter Thiel has called for an FBI and CIA investigation into Google’s “seemingly treasonous” moves involving China. Thiel suggested that Google is building a “Manhattan Project for AI,” and that Google has been infiltrated by China. Elon Musk has called AI more dangerous than nuclear weapons. Google worked with China but not the U.S. to develop AI via the Alphabet subsidiary DeepMind.
With the troublesome ties to China and near daily reports of unscrupulous behavior, it’s no wonder DuckDuckGo has quickly risen to become the 187th most popular website as of November, while Google has been busy deleting it’s pledge to ‘not be evil.’
Google literally removed “Don’t Be Evil” from it’s code of conduct last May.
Beyond Google’s search engine, many privacy concerned internet users have looked to replace other Google products, including its browser Chrome and its video platform YouTube.
Many savvy internet users have switched to the Brave browser for its privacy pledge, which promises “The Brave browser is designed to not know who you are, or what sites you visit. Our company does not store any record of people’s browsing history. We don’t write any personal data to the blockchain. The only way a user’s data is stored by Brave is if the user has switched on Rewards or Sync.”
Brave users can also accumulate a cryptocurrency called BAT, or basic attention token, by using the browser.
To replace YouTube, which has been restricting videos of conservatives like PragerU, and even deleting entire channels, many are turning to BitChute.
In June, Bitchute announced the release of its importer tool at DitchYouTube.com. With one-click, YouTubers were able to backup their entire channel, and the tool is free. BitChute also promises “We do not sell, trade, or rent Users personal identification information to others.”