For those who want to cruise Facebook without worrying about prying eyes
For those frequent users of the World Wide Web who want to surf the other side of the web, Tor has been made specifically for you and best of all, it’s free. Now, the most popular social networking platform Facebook has allowed Android device owners to gain an extra layer of privacy through Tor. During 2014, Facebook had created a Tor onion address at https://www.facebookcorewwwi.onion/ so that people using Tor-enabled browsers would make it much easier to browse the web.
While testing out the feature, Facebook has stated in the following quote on how it got a sizable amount of positive feedback over the course of several months, which is why the company decided to provide support for Tor browsers. However, the company is yet to tell us why it has not enabled the feature for iOS and Windows Mobile powered devices. May be it had something to do with the dominating operating system market share of the platform.
“A sizeable community of people has grown to use this feature and help us make it more efficient and reliable. We commonly receive requests for additional platform support beyond the browser, and thanks to a project initiated by a summer intern at Facebook and subsequently picked up by our Protect and Care team in London, we are now offering experimental support for using Facebook over Tor via the Orbot proxy app for Android devices.”
On Facebook’s blog post, it says that if you want to get down to using Tor for Facebook on your Android powered devices, then you can head to Google Play or the Orbot F-Droid repository and download Orbot: Proxy with Tor. After successfully installing Orbot, you can visit your Facebook’s ‘App Settings’ menu to enable the feature by using a new preference switch. Facebook has stated that it will be providing more and more updates so stay tuned for the latest news on ‘Facebook over Tor page’.
Furthermore, if you want to get more information, just visit the ‘Tor on Android’ page.