@cambridgeport90 @bjoern There's also https://mastodon.acc.sunet.se hosted at a Swedish university and as far as public instances I know the French government has https://mastodon.etalab.gouv.fr though I think it's only open to people with a gouv.fr email address, and from Brazil there is https://social.lab.cultura.gov.br which I believe is operated by or with support of their Ministry of Culture. (My Portugese leaves something to be desired.)
I haven't used Google search in about 2 years. Anyone who keeps doing so is part of the problem. ;)
And the "better results" retorts just don't add up in my experience. DDG has been the norm for me and serving just fine.
Now SearX might be even saner, though I don't see a pressing need for that extreme just yet. Searx's results do seem a bit lacking too.