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Following the Indian ban of virtually 60 Chinese language apps together with TikTok and Weibo, many individuals residing within the nation now report not with the ability to entry the privacy-centric search engine DuckDuckGo. The corporate confirms as a lot, saying that the issue is not on its finish. It is at present speaking to native web service suppliers to resolve the problem. It seems to be like these have blocked the service through their DNS servers, because the search engine continues to be accessible by means of most third-party DNS resolvers.
Whereas some ISPs are at present already lifting their blocks, the state of affairs continues to be fairly unclear. The ban appears to have affected many individuals, although others say that DuckDuckGo remained reachable for them. Some suppliers have added a notice that the web site has been blocked by the Indian Department of Telecommunications (which additionally ordered the ban of the Chinese language apps), however others simply give out standard failed DNS lookup errors. It is doable that the service has been caught within the crossfire when India banned the Chinese language apps, however we won’t inform for certain.
Within the meantime it seems switching to a third-party DNS supplier fixes the problem, e.g. the extra non-public 18.104.22.168.
Right here’s methods to set it up on Android: https://t.co/CeNuiZiHKw
— DuckDuckGo (@DuckDuckGo) July 1, 2020
We are able to affirm that the block continues to be in place on no less than one community, Jio, whereas Airtel and Vodafone appear to have unblocked the service for most individuals. Those that are nonetheless impacted are inspired to alter their DNS supplier or use a VPN. DuckDuckGo recommends switching to Cloudflare.
It appears DuckDuckGo is coming back online in India, with still no explanation from authorities about why the search engine was banned in the first place.
We’re seeing our services being broadly restored in India. Thank you for all of your reports, bringing attention to this issue.
— DuckDuckGo (@DuckDuckGo) July 4, 2020