Twitter launches a Tor version of its site, the program that protects privacy and evades censorship, which is essential at a time when the platform was blocked in Russia.
The news was announced by software engineer Alec Muffet in a tweet he called “the most important”. He revealed that Twitter had thought about making a version available for Tor as early as 2014. A launch postponed to address login problems similar to those encountered by Facebook in the same year. The social network founded by Mark Zuckerberg has on average, since 2016, one million people who browse the message boards through Tor. Numerous sites offer Tor-specific versions, including the DuckDuckGo search engine and newspapers such as the New York Times, the BBC, and ProPublica.
“It’s a platform commitment to deal with people who use Tor fairly,” Muffett told The Verge. “Setting up an onion address directed to Twitter is a practical step that demonstrates how the company wants to concretely respond to the needs of the people who use privacy software.”
The Tor network has also been added to the Twitter supported browsers page. The newly launched version adds multiple layers of protection to the already anonymous browsing experience and is designed specifically for network security. Although you could already browse Twitter using the Tor browser, which allows anonymous communication based on the “onion routing” network protocol (literally an onion data routing, for unidentifiable layers), the new version was designed specifically to fully adapt to the Tor network.
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