DuckDuckGo, a search engine popular with users looking to enhance their online privacy, has been taking steps to crack down on piracy in its own way. The company is following the same path as certain competitors like Google by limiting or completely striking search results related to major pirate communities and trackers.
This means websites like The Pirate Bay will no longer be listed as an option when users search for various terms. Forcing users that are looking for this material to other search engines. Releasing DuckDuckGo from any courtroom liabilities.
A large number of popular sites related to piracy have dropped from the results, showing the company is pretty serious about the new changes. While others have been reduced to only a few results.The crackdown also extends to websites that host piracy tools as well.
As with anything on the internet, when you slap one site down, ten more pop up. So it might be difficult in the end for the company to hide everything from the results. However, as AI continues to grow in popularity, future algorithms may force parts of these communities to alternative means (such as the dark web).
For now though, it will most likely still have a noticable impact on the pirate scene as more search engines take action to crack down on them.