Added European privacy-aware search engine @Qwant to the list of alternatives:
(By the way, https://qwant.com defaults to your local language, you don't need to speak French to use it!)
It's one of the biggest publishing companies in europe, especially germany, and therefore in a superior position regarding "public opinion". Most of its publications (in germany) are since decades very controversial, spreading rightwing to far-right positions e.g. hatred towards minorities. Majority owner of the company, the Springer-family, is one of the richest in germany. Whether that is a reason to be concerned is up to you. I won't trust them.
Axel Springer isn’t a publisher, it’s a behavioural advertising company. “The core business of [Axel Springer] is to deliver ads to its visitors. Journalistic content is just a vehicle to get readers to view the ads.” – Axel Springer’s lawyer; https://better.fyi/spotlight/
Do. Not. Trust.
This is getting difficult :/
-Google is worst option, trying to steer people away from that
-Other large companies (MS Bing etc) aren't any better than Google
-Qwant part-owned by corporation
-Startpage run by people with perhaps dubious intentions
-SearX is a bit overwhelming for non-technical users
...that leaves DuckDuckGo, but I don't want to steer everyone to one site, because sooner or later it may be compromised :/
Well... for example, one of its creators, Katherine Albrecht, thinks we're living in the end times and that RFID/NFC tags are "the mark of the beast".
Scroll to the video section near the bottom of the page:
She's written a kids book warning about it and discusses it in podcasts.
What about just using searx.me? It's from searx creator and there's no setup.
Of course the real problem with the metasearch engines is that they're still using the service you're trying to get away from. Kind of feels parasitic. Like we're befitting from the expense if others.
Need to mention Mojeek.co.uk to.
Features, relevance, speed... a lot of elements to cover as a search engine - but in the end It comes down to trust.. https://www.activateprivacy.com/features-of-private-search-engines/
I really liked #quant, especially back when it had the 3coloumed search-result (Web/news/social)
I went searching for a source on the Axel Springer investment, here it is:
(I didn't see anyone posting it yet, sorry in case I missed it)
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