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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Facebook’s Android App Now Supports Tor

Facebook’s Android App Now Supports Tor

Facebook’s Android App Now Supports Tor

Added: Thursday, January 21st, 2016
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, www.extratorrent.cc, 2016
Users of Facebook’s Android app are already able to privately browse the social network via the well-known anonymity service Tor. This news expands a collaboration that allowed the social network users to directly access Facebook via Tor’s browser on PCs. Meanwhile, policymakers and tech firms continue to debate whether digital privacy should be curbed to help regulators more easily thwart hackers.
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Representatives of the Tor Project, a group of developers overseeing the development of the anonymity software, also acknowledged that Android support could help expand Tor due to Facebook’s popularity. Indeed, Facebook has a very impressive userbase – more than 1.5bn monthly active users. The facts are obvious: people need more privacy online and people are on Facebook. The cooperation between Tor and Facebook will allow them to choose whether to share their location or not. This can be convenient and even lifesaving for some.

Meanwhile, Tor has no plans to support Facebook’s iOS app. As for the social network itself, its representatives said in a blog post that a “sizable community” has grown around its feature launched two years ago, which allowed users to access its site via Tor on personal computers. Since then, there have been many calls for additional Tor support.

Tor network is used to hide computer IP addresses, normally by concealing the identity of an Internet user. Tor’s popularity surged after revelations of the United States spying on the Internet by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden a few years ago.

In fact, Tor was funded by the American government as a communications instrument to be used by dissidents in oppressive countries. However, the anonymity software has increasingly drawn ire from American spies who were frustrated by how difficult it is to monitor the Tor’s users.

Facebook remind that you need to download Orbot, an app used to connect to Tor, and to update Facebook’s app settings in order to use Tor on Android.

Posted by: 
SaM

Date:  Thursday, January 21st, 2016



Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

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posted by (2016-01-23 02:19:12)
No avatarSeems a bit pointless. The purpose of Tor is to be anonymous. Surely logging into Facebook using Tor would then mean you are no longer anonymous?

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posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2016-01-23 12:26:21)
Embolism avatarAccording to European legislation you have a right to anonymity even on facebook so if you do not want to be tracked or to give your real I.D then it is a good idea,I have had over 30 FB accounts and never given my real id although most of my FB friends know who I really am since most are family and close friends to start with.It must be said that I use my VPN and not Tor since I neither use Tor for torrenting or for anonymity these days due to endpoint resolution and man in the middle exploits by the MAN which although unlikely are feasibly possible.

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posted by (2016-01-28 14:27:05)
No avatarhmmm



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