Twitter launches privacy-focused Tor browser

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Twitter Inc. has launched a version of its social media service for the Internet browser Tor, a move that could help protect user activity and information from possible Russian surveillance amid a crackdown on free speech in the country.

Websites on Tor include a “.onion” web domain instead of a “.com” domain, and are accessible via a Tor Navigator, which hides a user’s location and activity.

Tor, short for The onion routeris often linked to the dark web, but a number of legitimate entities now have .onion sites.

“Making our service more accessible is an ongoing priority for us,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. “That’s been in the works.”

Twitter was restricted in Russia for more than a week after the country invaded Ukraine.

Facebook has been blocked entirely in Russia for continuing to fact-check Russian state-sponsored media.

Both social networks have expressed a desire to find ways to operate there so that people can communicate with those outside the country and maintain access to non-Russian news sources.

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