Except right there you’re actually misleading people. While I do believe that’s where System1 got their start, their site showcases a lot more than that. I even think they just launched a brand new site since the Startpage partnership which showcases their brands.
They seemingly have moved well beyond pay-per-click and now own and run sites like How Stuff Works, and other publishing platforms from travel, food, etc.
They also own Startpage and other search engines, and even Mapquest, and Waterfox now.
So it seems to me they expanded what they do and what they offer.
They also released a new Privacy Stance, which sounds promising and I hope to see it upheld and honored.
But running around spreading outdated and false information seems do the entire situation injustice and only lends to spread further conspiracy around Startpage and System1.
Further, I have requested an interview with System1 leadership that I hope comes to fruition because I would love to hear and share their thoughts on why they are buying companies like Startpage and Waterfox and what they see the future of their company looking like.
I think the fact most of us don’t know a lot about System1 lends to conspiracy theories growing, but I also think we can’t run around spreading misinformation and not educating ourselves on who these companies are.
The fact is, System1 isn’t going to be the last to acquire and or invest in privacy companies because the trend is growing quickly. Zoom buying Keybase, Automattic investing in Matrix. It’s not going to slow down anytime soon. So we owe it to the public, as a privacy resource to know as much as we can and work with these companies to learn what we can before we run out and spread false information.