The company revealed on Tuesday that Facebook’s Android app users can now confidentially browse the world’s leading social network through the anonymity service Tor. The feature, which is still in a trial stage, lets you to encode your surfing activity while using Facebook’s Android app. It emanates as policymakers and technology companies discuss whether digital privacy should be restricted to support regulators more simply frustrate hackers.
Facebook’s Android app Increases Privacy Features with Tor Support
Kate Krauss, a spokesperson for the Tor Project, a group of creators that supervises progress of the anonymity software, said Android support could enable extend Tor due to Facebook’s large following.
“Everybody in the world needs more privacy online and almost everybody is on Facebook.”
Krauss said through Signal, an encrypted messaging service.
“This will allow people to choose whether to share their location or not. For some people, this is convenience. For others it is lifesaving.”
Tor has no plans to upkeep Facebook’s mobile app for Apple’s iPhone, Krauss informed.
Facebook revealed in a blog post that:
“A “sizable community” has grown around its feature launched in 2014, which allowed users to access its site via Tor on PCs. That has prompted calls for additional Tor support.”
Tor is used to hide computer IP addresses, usually by disguising the identity of an internet user. It is also used to access blocked websites and services in countries where the Internet is expurgated. Tor was sponsored by the US government as a communications tool to be used by insurgents in tyrannical countries, but it has gradually drawn fury from US spies who are exasperated by how hard it is to monitor the platform’s users.
Mobile app installations have become the most recent front-line in the competition between Google and Facebook. Though the competence hasn’t rolled out to all users, it clues at an augmented threat to one of Facebook’s fastest mounting businesses. Analysts consider the app install ads are a significant part of Facebook’s wider mobile ad business.
Android users to get benefit from the feature should use the Orbot Proxy app, which lets services to connect to Tor. When installed, you can enable “Facebook Over Tor” in the app’s settings. Facebook is of the view that Tor support will take some days to roll out, so the new settings may not instantly appear in the app.