INTRO: Just a few days after the Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps in India, several users in India aren’t ready to access popular privacy-focused program DuckDuckGo. The search engine giant duckduck go is no more accessible to users.
DuckDuckGo Search Engine Blocked In India
As per multiple user reports on Reddit and Twitter, DuckDuckGo has been blocked on India’s second-largest carrier Airtel, Reliance Jio, Vodafone, and a couple of other networks. From the looks of it, it appears like the Indian government has banned the website. Reliance Jio users are becoming the generic website ban error message that reads “Your requested URL has been blocked as per the directions received from the Department of Telecommunications. Please contact the administrator for more information”.
No Potential Fix Available Currently
Here is the screenshot. pic.twitter.com/SbTtadS94U
— kushaldas https://toots.dgplug.org/@kushal (@kushaldas) July 1, 2020
DuckDuckGo has acknowledged things and is investigating things immediately. A potential fix isn’t available yet aside from employing custom DNS or VPNs. Meanwhile, Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) is urging netizens to report if the program isn’t accessible on their ISP. You can do so from the link in the tweet below.
Further Information Awaited
Please RT. We are going to look at this reported block and then take it up actively. Please let us know if duck duck go is blocked for you on your ISP!! Fill in this form now! We promise to take action! https://t.co/0DOpF7VVsO https://t.co/A6tDGL1XeS
— Internet Freedom Foundation (IFF) (@internetfreedom) July 1, 2020
We aren’t currently sure if this is often a permanent ban for DuckDuckGo within the country or an aftereffect of miscommunication that happened between the Department of Telecommunications and ISPs. If the ban is permanent, it would be a significant violation of net neutrality for all of us. We will be updating with further information once there is more clarity in the situation and hence, stay tuned for updates.
So, is DuckDuckGo working in your ISP? Let us know in the comments.