DuckDuckGo search engine based on privacy inaccessible in India, company says it may be blocked

Days after India imposed a ban on a total of 59 apps belonging to Chinese companies, several people have been unable to access the DuckDuckGo search engine in India. The privacy-centric search engine on all networks appears to be irresponsive, as reported on Twitter and Reddit by several users in India.

A number of Twitter users have taken to Twitter to complain that they consider DuckDuckGo inaccessible on multiple networks, including Reliance Jio and Airtel. Although the effective nature of this problem is unknown, DuckDuckGo users are affected on both cellular and broadband connections. It’s still unclear if the search engine is a glitch, or a staggered curb.

“To our users in India: We’ve received many reports our search engine is unreachable by much of India right now and have confirmed it is not due to us. We’re actively talking to Internet providers to get to the bottom of it ASAP. Thank you for your patience,” said DuckDuckGo in a statement on Twitter Wednesday. Chances are Telecom Department asked ISPs to block DuckDuckGo in India, much like it did with the Chinese apps a day ago. The reason DoT would do a thing like that is unclear. DuckDuckGo is a US-based search engine service, which was not a part of the list earlier this week that prohibited 59 apps.