Qwant closes access to its search engine in certain countries

Qwant announces that its use will no longer be possible in certain countries. In this case, you will need to go through a VPN to use the search engine.

Obviously complicated end of the year for Qwant. In a message posted to Twitter on December 16, the company announces that she is giving up to provide access to its services in certain countries – no list of the states concerned is given. The company states that it made this choice after noting that it was unable to provide a sufficient level of service quality in these countries.

« Some of you have reported difficulties using Qwant in several countries around the world. It is a difficult decision, but we have decided to close access to our services in certain countries where we do not believe we can provide the expected quality of service. Please excuse us », Writes the account dedicated to the group’s institutional announcements.

Contacted for clarification on the list of affected countries, Qwant has not yet been able to respond.

Internet users invited to use a VPN

The message continues with a recommendation made to Internet users in these countries who used Qwant to search for information on the net. To continue to access the search engine, they will have to use a virtual private network (VPN) to pass their connection through a country in which Qwant maintains its activities – for example France or Germany.

The Qwant logo. // Source: Qwant

Qwant did not give details on the concerns encountered in terms of quality of service. The most obvious hypothesis, given the activities of the company, is a problem in the indexing of the results of the web in other languages, in the freshness of the results and / or in its ability to understand the requests of the web. Internet users in other languages.

Qwant says it remains fully accessible in more than 30 countries and available in 10 different languages. The languages ​​supported by the interface are French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Polish, Russian, Portuguese, Catalan, Corsican, Breton and Basque. . French and the four regional languages ​​also serve as the language of research results.

In its settings, the site says it offers results pages for the following countries: France, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, South Korea , Denmark, Spain, Estonia, United States, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, New Zealand, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland and Thailand.

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Source: Numerama by www.numerama.com.

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