Twitter unveils version of site that can bypass Russia block
Twitter has launched a privacy-protected version of its site to bypass surveillance and censorship after Russia restricted entry to its service within the nation.
Russia has blocked entry to Fb and has restricted Twitter in an try and attempt to limit the circulate of details about its battle in Ukraine. Each corporations have mentioned they’re engaged on restoring entry to folks inside Russia at the same time as they limit the nation’s state media from their companies.
Often known as an “onion” service, customers can entry this version of Twitter in the event that they obtain the Tor browser, which permits folks to entry websites on what can be known as the “dark web.” As a substitute of .com, onion websites have a .onion suffix. Common web sites, together with Twitter.com, are additionally accessible on Tor, however the .onion variations are made particularly for Tor and forestall the site from being spoofed by malicious actors.
Whereas the time period “dark web” connotes unlawful websites such because the now-defunct Silk Street drug market, it’s also usually utilized by folks searching for to stay nameless for his or her security and likewise to entry websites censored by repressive governments.
Fb and different websites such because the BBC even have variations accessible on Tor. Twitter’s version has been within the works for a while, since earlier than the Russian invasion, the corporate confirmed Wednesday.
Software program engineer and web safety professional Alec Muffett, who has labored with different corporations to arrange onion websites, introduced Twitter’s new service on his personal Twitter account.
“This is possibly the most important and long-awaited tweet that I’ve ever composed,” he wrote on Tuesday.