The ongoing impact of the Snowden revelations and Donald Trump’s ascendance to the US presidency is pushing more and more web users to privacy-focused services. Worldwide downloads of secure messaging app Signal grew 70 percent in the last quarter of 2016, and anonymous search engine DuckDuckGo seems like it’s getting a similar boost.
DuckDuckGo founder Gabriel Weinberg announced in a blog post last week that the company had served its 10 billionth search, as well as passing the milestone of 14 million searches in a day on January 10th. “We are growing faster than ever,” writes Weinberg. “In addition to crossing the 10 billion milestone, last year we also donated $225,000 to nine organizations that also raise the standard of trust online.” (Just for comparison’s sake, it’s worth noting that Google serves 40,000 queries a second, or 3.5 billion searches a day.)