Google has quietly introduced DuckDuckGo as a preferred search engine option with the release of the new Chrome web browser in the markets.
Finally, Google adds DuckDuckGo as a default search engine option in the latest version of the Chrome web browser. Previously, it's available on Chrome web store as an extension.
With the release of Chrome 73, Google has quietly introduced DuckDuckGo as a preferred search engine option in the markets. Google’s show of support for DuckDuckGo comes as the privacy-focused search engine is getting more popular at a time when many tech users are looking for ways to protect their data and privacy.
A Google spokesperson explained that “Starting Chrome 73, we have updated the list of default search engines available in Chrome settings. The new list is based on the popularity of search engines in different locales, determined using publicly available data.”
DuckDuckGo founder Gabe Weinberg told TechCrunch,
“We’re glad that Google has recognized the importance of offering consumers a private search option”
Google’s move comes as privacy, regulation and antitrust criticism directed at Silicon Valley giants are reaching unprecedented levels from Washington DC All the way back to California itself.
In Europe, the situation is far beyond talk and proposals - last year, antitrust regulators have already levied a record-setting $5 billion fine for monopolistic activity.
Last month, the federal trade commission launched a new task force focused on the tech industry.
In a note on the code repository website GitHub, Google acknowledges that it updated the available search engines based on "new usage statistics" from "recently collected data." in most countries, the list of options also includes Google, Yahoo and Bing.
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