AR45H I both agree and disagree, and I will proceed to explain:
I believe that the fact that a company aligns itself with a popular trend of the moment such as the cancellation of Russian media does not automatically make it an invalid company in its sector. I am not saying that it is fair or right to censor anyone (in fact I think the opposite), I am just saying that the fact that a company aligns its products with a trend of the moment does not have to contradict the fundamental basis of its product, in this case the defense of privacy, and that is the value on which this community is based.
On the other hand, regarding Microsoft's trackers, this is something obviously more serious, although it does not surprise me at all, as it is something that we could already assume since 2021. Let's not forget that DDG uses and indexes Bing results in its search engine. We could say that using DDG is in essence to search Bing without many of the crawlers that attack us daily, but we can not forget that Microsoft is Microsoft, and as such has its interests, so we should not be surprised if they demand things from DDG in exchange for benefiting from using Bing results in their search engine.
Is it an option to remove DDG from PrivacyTools? I personally think not, because, as far as I know, except for Microsoft web pages, DDG still protects your privacy better than the vast majority of projects. It's not perfect, that's obvious, but nothing is perfect in this life, and invalidating a whole project because of a bug or a limitation like that would seem unfair to me.
What would I propose then? For starters, no, I would not remove the DDG search engine, and regarding the browser, I would add a temporary warning, to warn that, due to recent news, we cannot ensure its status as a privacy-friendly alternative. Since that warning is placed, we would try to observe how the project develops during a period of time (for example, 2 or 3 months) to verify what their intentions are in the medium-long term and see how they react in that period of time to the community commotion, and only after that analysis and based on their results we would then choose if it is still a project that we can trust or not, and therefore, if it keeps its place or not within PrivacyTools.