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Twitter Leaves the Dark Web Due to the Tor Service Expiration

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ByHarper Stewart

Apr 13, 2023
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Thanks to the Tor service, users all over the world have access to more privacy, integrity, trust, and “unblockability.”

Following the company’s decision to let its Tor onion service certificate expire, Twitter is no longer present on the Dark Web.

Using Twitter’s onion service, users were able to access the Dark Web, which is a part of the internet that can only be accessed using specialized web browsers like Tor.

Many other popular websites, such as Reddit and Facebook, also host their services on the Tor browser.

What was Tor’s purpose?

In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Twitter’s Tor version was introduced as an anti-censorship tool last year. In retribution for the platform’s restrictions on state-owned media outlets like RT and Sputnik, Twitter was among other websites that Russia blocked.

As Twitter was blocked in Russia and other countries, users could access it through the Dark Web service from anywhere in the world.

Moreover, it gave Twitter users additional privacy if they didn’t want their online behavior to be monitored by authorities, businesses, or hackers.

Here’s what the expert said…

Alec Muffett, a software engineer who assisted in the service’s debut, declared at the time that the Tor version would offer “more features for people all over the world who use Twitter to connect, such as privacy, unblockability, and others.”

Mr. Muffett volunteered his assistance in reestablishing the service once Twitter’s Tor certificate expired.

He posted, mentioning Twitter CEO Elon Musk, the following:

“Remediating this is a pretty basic, inexpensive, and politically popular feature of the existing Twitter service, operating on a small docker layer. I’m happy to recommend any Twitter developers who would wish to solve it.”

How it happened?

After Mr. Dorsey stepped down as the CEO of Twitter last year and was replaced by Parag Agrawal, there were only about 4,600 employees left at the company out of an initial 7,000. That’s why Twitter’s Tor onion service has actually expired.

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With a deep understanding of the complexities of the Dark Web, Harper curates informative and thought-provoking content for our readers. Her knowledge of the hidden corners of the internet and cybersecurity helps shed light on the often mysterious and illicit activities that take place in this realm.