No, DuckDuckGo (DDG) is not owned by Google. It is an independent private search engine created in 2008 by Gabriel Weinberg. DuckDuckGo is known for its focus on protecting users’ privacy and not tracking their search history.
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What is DuckDuckGo?
DuckDuckGo is an alternative to search engines like Google and Bing that track users’ search history and personalize search results based on that data. DuckDuckGo does not track users’ search history and instead displays the same search results to all users for a given search query. It also has features like a built-in ad blocker and encrypted connections to help protect users’ privacy. DuckDuckGo can search the web, images, news, and other types of information.
You can change your default search engine in Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari (iOS), and Brave.
Why do some people prefer DuckDuckGo over Google Search?
DuckDuckGo became popular as Google search can track your activity on YouTube, Gmail, Chrome, Android, Gmaps, and all the other services they run using trackers such as your IP address.
Where does DuckDuckGo get its search information?
DuckDuckGo search uses over 400 sources to provide results, including sources such as Microsoft Bing, Yahoo, and Apple Maps.
How does DuckDuckGo generate revenue?
DuckDuckGo generates revenue from serving Yahoo-Bing ads and affiliate relationships with Amazon and eBay.