Following an announcement from DuckDuckGo founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg that the search engine would be down-ranking website associated with "Russian disinformation," former users of the platform announced that they would be abandoning it in favor of Brave.
Luke Mulks, Vice President of business operations for Brave, released a tweet on Thursday welcoming new people to use not just their browser, but their private search engine as well.
Twitter users condemned DuckDuckGo’s decision to down-rank sites, announcing that they would be taking their searches elsewhere.
On Thursday, Weinberg wrote on Twitter that he was "sickened" by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine "and the gigantic humanitarian crisis it continues to create."
"At DuckDuckGo, we’re been rolling out search updates that down-rank sites associated with Russian disinformation," Weinberg added.
He wrote that in addition to down-ranking, the company frequently places "news modules and information boxes at the top of DuckDuckGo search results (where they are seen and clicked the most) to highlight quality information for rapidly unfolding topics."
"DuckDuckGo's mission is to make simple privacy protection accessible to all. Privacy is a human right and transcends politics, which is why about 100 million people around the world use DuckDuckGo. (We don't have an exact count since we don't track people.)" Weinberg added.