Twitter launches Tor version focused on security and privacy


Twitter launched a dedicated Tor onion service, days after it was blocked in Russia following its invasion of Ukraine. The launch will allow users in Russia to bypass the government’s internet blocks that are stifling the flow of information across the country. Software engineer Alec Muffett, who works with companies to create onion sites, announced on Twitter that the platform has now been added Tor network to its list of supported browsers. So, those who are based in Russia can use the Tor anonymity network to access the micro-blogging site.

“I’m delighted to have assisted Twitter engineers in their adoption of Onion services and Onion networking providing greater privacy, integrity, trust, & unblockability for people all around the world who use Twitter to communicate,” Muffett said.

In case you are unaware, Tor’s network actually encrypts and routes the internet traffic of users through various serves to hide their identity. The network, which is also sometimes called “dark web,” is being used by several platforms to offer a more secure experience as the Tor servers are undetectable on search engines. Sites like the New York Times and BBC already have Tor-specific versions.

Notably, Twitter’s ordinary site was already accessible via Tor, but the new version is said to be more secure with more layers of protection. One can simply visit “https://twitter3e4tixl4xyajtrzo62zg5vztmjuricljdp2c5kshju4avyoid.onion” (without commas) to use Tor-specific version of Twitter.