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Facebook adds Android support for anonymity service ‘Tor’

  • Users of Facebook Inc’s Android app can now privately browse the
    world’s largest social network through the anonymity service Tor, according to
    a report in
    Reuters.
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  • The feature expands a collaboration that allowed Facebook users to
    directly access its site via Tor’s browser on personal computers. It comes as

    • Users of Facebook Inc’s Android app can now privately browse the
      world’s largest social network through the anonymity service Tor, according to
      a report in
      Reuters.
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    • The feature expands a collaboration that allowed Facebook users to
      directly access its site via Tor’s browser on personal computers. It comes as
      policymakers and technology companies debate whether digital privacy should be
      curbed to help regulators more easily thwart hackers.
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    • Kate Krauss, a spokeswoman for the Tor Project, a group of
      developers that oversees development of the anonymity software, said Android
      support could help expand Tor due to Facebook’s large following. Facebook has
      more than 1.5 billion monthly active users.
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    • “Everybody in the world needs more privacy online and almost
      everybody is on Facebook,” Krauss said via Signal, an encrypted messaging
      service. “This will allow people to choose whether to share their location
      or not. For some people, this is convenience. For others it is
      lifesaving.”
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    • Tor has no plans to support Facebook’s mobile app for Apple Inc’s
      iPhone, Krauss said.
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    • Facebook said in a blog post that a “sizeable community”
      has grown around its feature launched in 2014, which allowed users to access
      its site via Tor on PCs. That has prompted calls for additional Tor support, it
      added.
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    • Tor is used to hide computer IP addresses, typically by concealing
      the identity of an Internet user. Its popularity has grown following
      revelations of US spying on the Internet by former National Security Agency
      contractor Edward Snowden in 2013.
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    • Using Tor on Android requires a download of Orbot, an app that is
      used to connect to Tor, and updating Facebook’s app settings.

     

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