Twitter unveils a version of the site that can bypass the Russian block

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(AP) — Twitter launched a privacy-protected version of its site to circumvent surveillance and censorship after Russia restricted access to its service in the country.

Russia has blocked access to facebook and restricted Twitter in an effort to restrict the flow of information about its war in Ukraine. Both companies said they were working to restore access for people inside Russia, even as they restricted the country’s state media from accessing their services.

Known as the “onion” service, users can access this version of Twitter if they download the Tor Browser, which allows users to access sites on what is also known as the “dark web”. . Instead of .com, onion sites have a .onion suffix. Regular websites including Twitter.comare also accessible on Tor, but the .onion versions are designed specifically for Tor and prevent the site from being impersonated by malicious actors.

The United States has increased pressure on Russia as Ukrainians flee. (CNN, POOL, NATO TV, DoD, Russia 24, Twitter, Ukrainian State Emergency Service)

While the term “dark web” conjures up illegal sites such as the now defunct Silk Road drug market, it is also often used by people seeking to remain anonymous for their safety and also to access censored sites. by repressive governments.

Facebook and other sites like the BBC also have versions accessible on Tor. Twitter’s version has been in the works for some time, since before the Russian invasion, the company confirmed on Wednesday.

Software engineer and internet security expert Alec Muffett, who has worked with other companies to set up onion sites, announced Twitter’s new service on his own Twitter account.

“This may be the most important and long-awaited tweet I’ve ever composed,” he wrote on Tuesday.

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