https://duckduckgo.com/privacyfor more details). We also share your concern with unwanted ads and actively work to limit them.
Yesterday an addition was made to the Specific Block List add791e that is blocking our products instant answer. Unlike on Google, the products displayed on DuckDuckGo are not paid sponsored links. Instead, we show relevant results from Amazon's Product API (and soon other sources).
While we do earn affiliate revenue anonymously from Amazon if people ultimately complete purchases, we do not get paid for just showing the products nor do we do any re-ranking of this content over other content because of any possible payment. Therefore, we do not consider this instant answer an ad, but instead a necessary and expected part of the general search experience. To that end, we only show the product instant answer on pertinent keywords - when people expect to see a browsable list of products that relate to their query.
Therefore, we'd like to request that this change on the list be reverted, as it is currently breaking the search experience of millions of users; in particular, expected answers are now absent, and it is further degrading the search experience by causing long delays for these users with empty elements, before the page jumps back to displaying other content.
We're a best-in-class privacy solution across the web, and actively support anti-tracking efforts. We are happy to work within the constraints of your policies and consider recommended changes to the request.
Could you let us know how we might work with you to resolve this?