Massively popular conservative site Gateway Pundit, which gets a large portion of its traffic through alternative search engines, is now in the crosshairs of a major, so-called “free speech” search engine.
Before recently, DuckDuckGo gave conservative outlets a fair chance to be seen by readers, filling a void created by Google’s anti-Republican tactics that keep users from seeing both sides of virtually every story.
But now, DuckDuckGo is punishing the Gateway Pundit for disputing Western propaganda in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. TGP reports:
This morning we received this email from a Gateway Pundit reader:
I don’t now if you’re aware of it but it appears that duckduckgo is now filtering out your website. I switched over to their android app back in 2020 and I could just type in “thegatewaypundit.com” and your site would be the first to come up.
Last week I noticed it wouldn’t come up at all anymore unless I add the www. In front of it. This morning I noticed even if I type the whole thing now, it doesn’t come up at all.
I just tested the duckduckgo.com search using chrome and searching on www.thegatewaypundit.com does not return your site at all. As I’m sure you are – getting a bit sick of this.
Thanks Kevin, yes we are.
Later today, we did a search on gatewaypundit on DuckDuckGo to see what we get.
If you search for The Gateway Pundit on DuckDuckGo they do not even list the front page of our website in their search engine.
And they include the Wikipedia slander and every other major hit piece on The Gateway Pundit instead.
We have been disappeared. Despite having millions of readers a day the top articles that pop up for Gateway Pundit include hit pieces that had no traffic.
Today Breitbart posted a report on DuckDuckGo. They have become Google. They are actively censoring conservative content that does not fit their worldview.
Popular privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo, commonly considered an alternative to Google, has announced that it will be “down-ranking” sites associated with “disinformation,” along with adding “information boxes” to “highlight quality information.” The announcement received widespread backlash from DuckDuckGo supporters, who view the changes as adopting the censorship policies of the Masters of the Universe.
DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg tweeted about the decision, stating that it was an effort to reduce Russian disinformation online.
Here are Weinberg’s tweets: