Facebook creates a secure URL to offer its Web services to Tor users

SHAFAQNA – Social network Facebook has revealed in a recent blog post that it has lifted its ban on the use of the anonymous Tor network, and has created a secure URL to offer its Web services to Tor users.

Facebook said that, after repeated key generation, it will now be offering Web services to Tor users from the https://facebookcorewwwi.onion address.

In an announcement disclosing that Facebook has opened up to Tor users with a new secure address, Facebook software engineer Alec Muffett said in the blog post that the move will give Tor users the ability to communicate directly with the datacenters of the social network. Users accessing Facebook through Tor, using the .onion address, will be able to connect directly to Facebook’s Core WWW Infrastructure.

Till now, Facebook had blocked access to the users of Tor network chiefly because if the fact that Tor allows users to circumvent censorship and blocks which are enforced locally. With Tor appearing like botnet activity, and with Tor traffic bouncing around the Internet multiple times in an effort to mask its origin, Facebook had often flagged it as suspicious.

About Facebook’s move to open up to Tor users, Muffett said in the blog post: “Facebook’s onion address provides a way to access Facebook through Tor without losing the cryptographic protections provided by the Tor cloud.”

Source : http://uncovermichigan.com/content/21736-facebook-creates-secure-url-offer-its-web-services-tor-users

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