Now that Twitter’s Tor onion website’s certificate has expired, it will warn you when you visit it and if you continue, you will land on an error page. Twitter’s onion site “is no longer available seemingly with no plans to renew,” according to The Tor Project, confirmed The Verge that the nonprofit organisation in charge of maintaining the software for the Tor network.
The organization’s director of communications, Pavel Zoneff, said: “The Tor Project has reached out to Twitter to explore into bringing the onion version of the social media network back up. There is now one less safe method for those who rely on onion services for an additional layer of security and the assurance that they are getting the content they are looking for.” It’s important to remember, though, that a Tor browser still allows you to access Twitter.
Shortly after Russia barred its citizens’ access to the website, Twitter introduced its Tor service. When using a Tor service, you can view websites that are purportedly blocked in your country while still getting around censorship. By encrypting your traffic and providing anonymization features, it also shields you from spying.
You can use it everywhere, although it is possibly most helpful to persons living in nations with more rigorous censorship regulations, such North Korea and China.
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If the firm intends to restart its Tor service, no announcement has yet been made. Alec Muffett told The Verge that the employees he interacted with at the firm “are all gone” after helping Twitter’s developers deploy Tor services last year. “Until Elon [Musk] takes an interest,” he continued, “I’m very convinced it’s going to stop working completely.”
After taking charge, Musk has fired thousands of employees, including many who backed his vision for the company. Musk later bought Twitter in 2022. In January, CNBC claimed that only 1,300 of the 7,500 employees who were working for Twitter prior to its acquisition remained.
Given that Musk appears to be concentrating on generating revenue from Twitter at the present and that there aren’t many people working for the company anymore, its Tor service may stay inaccessible for a while, if not permanently.
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