Facebook updates its Android app to offer support for Tor anonymity service

Facebook updates its Android app to offer support for Tor anonymity service

In an announcement made on Tuesday, Facebook said that it has rolled out a new update to the Facebook for Android app, giving users the ability to privately connect to the social network using a Tor connection.

According to Facebook's announcement, the connection which will enable Facebook users to privately access the popular social networking site via Tor anonymity service has been provided by the Tor Project's 'Orbot: Proxy with Tor' app.

The experimental feature is being rolled out by Facebook to its updated Android app nearly two years after the social network introduced its Tor onion address, which allowed Facebook users to gain direct and secure access to the social networking site through Tor's browser on PCs.

About Facebook's move to add Android support for Tor, Kate Krauss -- a spokeswoman for the Tor Project -- said in a statement released through Signal encrypted messaging service that the move will unfold a new 'expansion' potential for Tor, thanks largely to Facebook's massive user-base of over 1.5 billion monthly active users.

Asserting that "everybody in the world needs more privacy online and almost everybody is on Facebook," Krauss said that Facebook's addition of Android support for Tor 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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