A U.S.-based search engine that had been gaining popularity in China for its privacy-protected search results has become a target of Chinese censors.
According to Tech In Asia , a technology news blog, Chinese authorities have not only blocked access to DuckDuckGo from Chinese servers, but they even appear to be censoring any mentions of the search engine online as well.
Founder and CEO Gabriel Weinberg explained that DuckDuckGo is a search engine that boasts
by not collecting or sharing personal information from its users. On Weinberg's personal blog , he goes into a little bit more depth about how important Internet privacy is to him, even opting out of the commonly used Google services, not only because they are competition but because he believes in
privacy policies that do the minimum collection needed as opposed to the maximum collection possible.
Indonesia has been censoring sites that it found to be contrary to their government's view of the world. This has led to some rather odd choices. Over the weekend the government there decided that the popular video sharing site, Vimeo, was to be added to the list of websites that should be blocked. The rationale being that this site could serve of pornography and other such things.
The design of the WeChat website meant that free speech was for a while preserved because messages between users remained relatively private and insulated from the wider internet. But Beijing wasn't impressed.