DuckDuckGo, the privacy-oriented search engine website seems to be blocked in India. The event was noticed after a number of customers over the Web identified that they had been unable to entry the web site on their PCs and smartphones by way of Airtel and Reliance Jio cellular networks. The block can be reported on Airtel broadband connections. Devices 360 has reached out to each Airtel and Reliance Jio for extra particulars over this matter.
The US-based DuckDuckGo seems to be blocked days after the federal government banned 59 Chinese language apps in India. The federal government had mentioned the apps posed a danger to India’s safety and had been prejudicial to the nation’s sovereignty and integrity. Nevertheless, neither the federal government nor telco operators like Airtel and Reliance Jio have clarified the explanations for blocking DuckDuckGo in India.
Following this growth, a number of customers stormed to social media platforms, expressing anger towards what looks like an arbitrary determination. The Web Shutdowns watchdog deal with run by the Software program Freedom Regulation Centre tweeted that it was unable to entry the DuckDuckGo web site on Airtel India connections.
We’re not in a position to entry @DuckDuckGo search engine from @airtelindia. Please tell us if you’ll be able to hook up with it by means of your web service supplier. @SFLCin
— InternetShutdowns.in (@NetShutdowns) July 1, 2020
A number of customers additionally took to Reddit after they had been unable to make use of DuckDuckGo on their PCs and smartphones by way of Airtel and Jio connections.
At Devices 360, some group members had been in a position to entry the DuckDuckGo web site on their Airtel broadband and cellular connections, whereas others weren’t in a position to. Neither the cellular web site nor the cellular app labored on Airtel cellular connections or broadband networks. “A server with the required hostname couldn’t be discovered,” the app confirmed. The web site was accessible by us on Jio Fiber and Jio cellular connections as effectively, aside from Vodafone cellular connections. As talked about, Devices 360 has reached out to each Airtel and Reliance Jio for extra particulars over this matter, together with how some customers are in a position to entry the web site, whereas others should not.
In the meantime, a number of customers have pointed out that the privacy-focused search engine labored with VPN.
This isn’t the primary telcos are discovered to be blocking privacy-oriented platforms within the nation. Final yr, Reliance Jio arbitrarily blocked entry to Telegram web site. The Mukesh Ambani-led firm had additionally blocked VPN and proxy web sites in India.
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