facebookcorewwwi.onion

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facebookcorewwwi.onion
Facebook New Logo (2015).svg
Web address http://facebookcorewwwi.onion (needs Tor to access)
Commercial? Yes
Type of site
Social networking
Registration Yes
Available in Multiple
Users >1,000,000/month
Current status Online

facebookcorewwwi.onion is a site that allows access to Facebook through the Tor protocol, using its .onion top-level domain.[1][2] In April 2016 it had been used by over 1 million people monthly, up from 525,000 in 2015.[1] Neither Twitter nor Google operate sites through Tor, and Facebook has been applauded for allowing such access,[3] which makes it available in countries that actively try to block Facebook.[4]

In October 2014, Facebook announced[5] that users could connect to the website through a Tor hidden service using the privacy-protecting Tor browser and encrypted using SSL.[6][7][8] Announcing the feature, Alec Muffett said "Facebook's onion address provides a way to access Facebook through Tor without losing the cryptographic protections provided by the Tor cloud. […] it provides end-to-end communication, from your browser directly into a Facebook datacentre."[6] Its URL address – facebookcorewwwi.onion – is an acronym that stands for Facebook's Core WWW Infrastructure.[5]

Prior to the release of an official .onion domain accessing Facebook through Tor would sometimes lead to error messages and inability to access the website.[1] There are numerous reasons to use the Tor-protocol for legitimate purposes, such as for increased anonymity when connecting to Facebook.[9] ProPublica explicitly referenced the existence of Facebook's .onion site when the started their own hidden service.[10]

Connecting to Facebook through Tor offers a way to access the site with a higher level of protection against snooping and surveillance from both commercial and state actors.[11] The site also makes it easier for Facebook to differentiate between accounts that have been caught up in a bot-net and those that legitimately access Facebook through Tor.[11] As of its 2014 release the site was still in early stages, with much work remaining to polish the code for Tor-access. It has been speculated that other companies will follow suit and release their own Tor-accessible sites.[11]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 William Hoffman (April 22, 2016). "Facebook's Dark Web .Onion Site Reaches 1 Million Monthly Tor Users". Inverse.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Facebook Releases Special Link for Tor". PCMAG. Retrieved May 9, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "The Torist: How to read a secret magazine on the darknet". The Indian Express. April 10, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Facebook opens up to Tor users with new secure .onion address". BetaNews. November 1, 2014. Retrieved May 9, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 Muffett, Alec (October 31, 2014). "Making Connections to Facebook more Secure". Protect the Graph. Facebook. Retrieved December 4, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 Rober Lemos (October 31, 2014). "Facebook offers hidden service to Tor users". Ars Technica. Retrieved October 31, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. arma (October 31, 2014). "Facebook, hidden services, and https certs". Tor Project.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Duckett, Chris (October 31, 2014). "Facebook sets up hidden service for Tor users". ZDNet.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Murdoch, Steven J (February 6, 2015). "Is Tor still secure after Silk Road?". Phys.org. Retrieved May 23, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "A More Secure and Anonymous ProPublica Using Tor Hidden Services". ProPublica.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Why Facebook Is Making It Easier To Log On With Tor—And Other Companies Should, Too". Fast Company. November 10, 2014. Retrieved May 22, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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