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[tor-talk] 1 Million People use Facebook over Tor
This is a real success story for Tor, hopefully abating some of the
negative publicity surrounding the use of Tor.
1 Million People use Facebook over Tor
People who choose to communicate over Tor do so for a variety of reasons
related to privacy, security and safety. As we've written previously
it's important to us to provide methods for people to use our services
securely â particularly if they lack reliable methods to do so.
This is why in the last two years we built the Facebook onion site and
onion-mobile site, helped standardise the â.onionâ domain name, and
implemented Tor connectivity for our Android mobile app by enabling
connections through Orbot.
Over this period the number of people who access Facebook over Tor has
increased. In June 2015, over a typical 30 day period, about 525,000
people would access Facebook over Tor e.g.: by using Tor Browser to
access www.facebook.com or the Facebook Onion site, or by using Orbot on
Android. This number has grown â roughly linearly â and this month, for
the first time, we saw this â30 dayâ figure exceed 1 million people.
This growth is a reflection of the choices that people make to use
Facebook over Tor, and the value that it provides them. We hope they
will continue to provide feedback and help us keep improving.
Alec Muffett is a Software Engineer for Security Infrastructure at
Facebook in London
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