Oh, the irony: Facebook works on the world's biggest anonymity network

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Daniel Cooper
October 31st, 2014
In this article: Anonymity, facebook, Privacy, Tor
Oh, the irony: Facebook works on the world's biggest anonymity network

Facebook, the site where people share their entire personal lives for everyone to gawp at, is now available on the anonymity network that's designed to do precisely the opposite. Follow this link in your Tor browser and you'll be able to tell friends you're at the Park Row Starbucks without the feds finding out where you are. Until now, Facebook saw Tor's global network of proxies as a malicious botnet, making it difficult for people to poke each other under cover of darkness. With this experiment, however, users can connect directly to Facebook's core infrastructure, providing end-to-end communication straight into one of the company's data centers. At the moment, Facebook's olive branch to the privacy mob is just an experiment, but software engineer Alex Muffett hopes that even the mobile site will be accessible in the same way.

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