Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo has been restored in India after being unreachable for many users there since July 1st, Android Police reported. Reports about what was causing the outage have varied. Some users reported the Indian government seemed to be behind the block, and others said they were getting what appeared to be DNS lookup errors, in accordance with Android Police.
DuckDuckGo tweeted that the service appeared to be restored in India as of Saturday morning.
We’re seeing our services being broadly restored in India. Thank you for many of your reports, bringing awareness of this issue.
If you’re still having trouble accessing DuckDuckGo Search, please report it to @internetfreedom by using this form: https://t.co/jVYFgXTiV7
— DuckDuckGo (@DuckDuckGo) July 4, 2020
On June 29th, India’s Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology barred more than 50 China-based apps including TikTok and WeChat, saying these were “engaged in activities … prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India,” in accordance with a pr release.
It’s not clear whether Pennsylvania-based DuckDuckGo may have been accidentally blocked within that larger effort, or whether there clearly was another basis for the outage. DuckDuckGo wasn’t on the Indian government’s June 29th list of barred apps.
DuckDuckGo didn’t immediately answer an obtain comment Saturday.