Facebook keeps surprising its fans with the addition of new elements in their outlook. The recent step taken by the developers of Facebook is the inclusion of free anonymizing software Tor that will enable the users to practice anonymity.
Tor was launched back in 2002 and is basically an open source project. It helps the users to access the internet without sharing their identity with the others. With Tor, the users can hide their IP address and physical location from the other people. After downloading free Tor software, the users can check the websites without letting the other people know about their actual location.
The users of Facebook also accessed the Tor software before, but it did not work properly. The reason resided in the treatment of Tor by Facebook as botnet, which is basically a collection of computers that are designed to attack the same.
The people who have Tor enabled internet browser can visit the link, http://facebookcorewwwi.onion/. This would enable them to receive a secure connection to the servers of Facebook that would provide them with end to end encryption. The usage of Tor would mean that the users who are restricted to use Facebook in countries like China or Iran can surf it without their personal info being revealed.
This step taken by Facebook will actually expand the reach-ability of the social networking website. Mark Zuckerberg will be available for Q&A session next week, so you can easily put your queries forward about the subject.
It looks like, After messing up with its users’ emotions, the social network has learned something (may be!). And even after looking at the rise of Anti-Facebook social network, Facebook has started promoting anonymity aggressively. Recently, Facebook had released Rooms app for its users to chat anonymously in a chatroom.
Excerpts from Facebook’s note:
Facebook’s onion address provides a way to access Facebook through Tor without losing the cryptographic protections provided by the Tor cloud. The idea is that the Facebook onion address connects you to Facebook’s Core WWW Infrastructure – check the URL again, you’ll see what we did there – and it reflects one benefit of accessing Facebook this way: that it provides end-to-end communication, from your browser directly into a Facebook datacentre.
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