An anonymous reader share a report: DuckDuckGo, a privacy-focused search engine founded about 15 years ago, is stagnating with small market share as consumers struggle to switch from Google when the giant is the default option on computer screens , the founder of the newcomer said during an antitrust trial. Founded in 2008, DuckDuckGo currently has about 2.5% of the U.S. search market, CEO Gabriel Weinberg said, and performs about 100 million searches per day worldwide. By comparison, Google performs several billion searches every day.
Weinberg said that about 30 to 40 percent of DuckDuckGo users have a “strong preference” for privacy and that most of the company’s users are leaving Google. The company considers Google to be its biggest competitor “by far.” “Change is much more difficult than it should be,” Chief Executive Officer Gabriel Weinberg said in federal court Thursday. “There are just too many steps.”