IN SHORT: Rumours first seen on social media earlier in 2022 claim DuckDuckGo will be “purging” independent media outlets from the search engine. But it wasn’t true in March, and it’s still not true in November.
The posts read: “DuckDuckGo CEO Gabriel Weinberg has announced that the search engine will begin purging all independent media outlets from the platform and will replace with ‘trusted’ mainstream media outlets instead.”
But has Weinberg announced the search engine will purge all “independent” media outlets and replace them with “trusted mainstream media outlets”? We checked.
‘This report is wrong … This is easy to verify’
On 14 April a Twitter user posted the same claim with a link to an article by News Punch. Misinformation rating-website Media Bias Fact Check calls News Punch a “questionable source based on extreme right-wing bias and promotion of tin foil hat conspiracies”.
“This report is wrong, we are not ‘purging’ independent media, and this is easy to verify,” DuckDuckGo said.
This report is wrong, we are not "purging" independent media, and this is easy to verify.— DuckDuckGo (@DuckDuckGo) April 14, 2022
In one tweet, Weinberg said: “This isn't true –I never announced that. Looks to be a completely made up headline. What independent media outlets do you see purged in search results when you search for them?”
This isn't true -- I never announced that. Looks to be a completely made up headline. What independent media outlets do you see purged in search results when you search for them?— Gabriel Weinberg (@yegg) April 16, 2022
The claims about search engine DuckDuckGo purging independent media outlets from their platform are false.
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