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In the aggressive race for technological innovation and market leadership, ethical boundaries can often become blurred. One such adventurous line-crosser seems to be Perplexity, a burgeoning entity rivalling the mighty Google's search functionality. But what if Google was no longer just a door leading to answers, but the oracle presenting the answers themselves? This is the future that Perplexity envisions; however, their practices have been called into question regarding their respect for intellectual property, good-faith internet protocols, and the veracity of their AI-powered results.

Perplexity's audacious endeavour seeks to bring a novel twist to the conventional search engine and reforge it into an "answer engine". Unlike Google that directs users to the primary source, Perplexity offers the answers outright, allegedly appropriating information from high-quality resources and interfering with their ad revenue system.

In addition, it has been noticed that Perplexity's modus operandi goes a step beyond not just redirecting, but also summing up the content - leading to accusations of plagiarism. Not only does this raise legal and morale questions, it may lay waste to the fine balance that exists between providing concise information and maintaining respect for original sources.

Perplexity's problematic approach does not stop at mere aggregation and summarization. Allegations have surfaced that their data harvesting techniques bypass publication paywalls and make use of copyrighted material without permission or reservation.

Beneath the technical jargon hides the violation of the essential good faith agreement of the internet. The robot.txt protocol — a simple voluntary agreement which has been the gravitational center holding the internet in equilibrium — is being ignored. CEO of Perplexity, Aravind Srinivas, shows no apparent intent of adhering to the robots.txt instructions, escalating the potential damage.

Utilizing third-party scrapers that snub this protocol, Perplexity is effectively jeopardizing the very moral fabric that holds the World Wide Web together. Some critics even argue that Perplexity's operations essentially manipulate and misuse established web principles, the unsaid codes of conduct which maintain internet harmony.

Moreover, the platform is a subject of criticism for generating AI-based results that allegedly propagate misinformation and distort facts. The potential future implications of this could be colossal, as information integrity forms the vital backbone of a healthy digital ecosystem.

Drawing past instances, Srinivas's moral compass appears murky. He has previously displayed a capacity for ethical deviance, feigning an academic researcher's persona to scrape Twitter data: a harbinger of his company’s controversial conduct today.

Despite its promising concept, Perplexity’s trajectory is attracting flak for the tactics employed to achieve their vision. By undercutting the fair practices that have underpinned the Internet, the "answer engine" may inadvertently become the wrecking ball for the digital world as we know it.

The future is watching, and the world demands responsibility and accountability from these techno-evolutionaries; capacities that Perplexity and Srinivas need to demonstrate sooner rather than later. Their innovation could change the way we access information, but it must be carried out in a way that respects the existing balance of the digital ecosystem.