DuckDuckGo celebrates 10 billion anonymous searches
The privacy-focused search engine says it’s growing faster than ever
The ongoing impact of the Snowden revelations and Donald Trump’s ascendance to the US presidency is pushing more and more web users to privacy-focused services. Worldwide downloads of secure messaging app Signal grew 70 percent in the last quarter of 2016, and anonymous search engine DuckDuckGo seems like it’s getting a similar boost.
DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg announced in a blog post last week that the company had served its 10 billionth search, as well as passing the milestone of 14 million searches in a day on January 10th. “We are growing faster than ever,” writes Weinberg. “In addition to crossing the 10 billion milestone, last year we also donated $225,000 to nine organizations that also raise the standard of trust online.” (Just for comparison’s sake, it’s worth noting that Google serves 40,000 queries a second, or 3.5 billion searches a day.)