Qwant is a French company that was founded by security specialist Éric Leandri, investor Jean Manuel Rozan and search-engine expert Patrick Constant in 2011.
It launched its eponymous web search engine in July 2013.
It claims not to employ user tracking, and it doesn’t personalize search results in order to avoid trapping users in a filter bubble.
The website processes well over 10 million search requests per day and over 50 million individual users a month worldwide, spread over its three main entry points: the normal homepage, a ‘lite’ version and a ‘Qwant Junior’ portal for children that filters results.
The company claims it makes money through commissions it receives when users visit websites like eBay and Tripadvisor from its search results.
In March 2017, press articles suggest that Qwant search results are mainly based on Bing search results, except in France and Germany.
Qwant also confirmed the use of Bing advertising network.
The search engine entered public beta in 16 February 2013, after two years of research and development.
The service initially launched on 16 February 2013, as a beta version, with a stable version released on 4 July 2013.
A new version was made available in April 2015.
Qwant offers several ways to filter results to areas of interest:
- Music (Beta)
The child-friendly version was developed in cooperation with the French ministry of Education.
In July 2016, Mozilla signed a deal with Qwant to allow them to distribute an officially sanctioned version of the Firefox web browser with Qwant as default search engine.
Currently, Qwant has a web browser based on Firefox on the Apple App Store available for iOS.