Torch is a darknet search engine (URL: http://cnkj6nippubgycuj.onion/). It indexes new hidden services every day. You can search anything on it (it's uncensored). It's the oldest and longest running search engine on Tor. According to their wordpress site, https://torchsearch.wordpress.com/, they "have over one billion dark net pages indexed". How is this possible? The dark web only makes up a small portion of the entire internet and yet Torch claims they have more than a billion dark web sites? Is there any truth to this statement? Are there more than a billion darknet sites and did Torch really index that many? Also, how does Torch sort through their entire index to choose websites relevant to the users' search? Please provide some clarification for this. Thank you.
Apparently, Torch is also contradicting their previous statement by saying they've indexed only 2 million hidden services here: http://cnkj6nippubgycuj.onion/about. I'm even more confused as to how many sites Torch has indexed and how their processes work. Please explain. Thank you.
A "page" and a "site" are different things. For example, Wikipedia is just one site, but it has 52,702,416 pages. If Torch has indexed two million hidden services, then it only requires an average of 500 pages per service to get the claimed billion pages.