Twitter moves to bypass crackdown in free speech in Russia

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Twitter has launched a version of its social media service for the Tor Internet browser, a move that could help keep user activity and information secure from potential Russian surveillance given crackdowns on free speech in the country.

Websites on Tor include a “.onion” Web domain instead of a “.com” domain, and can be accessed via a Tor browser, which hides a user’s location and activity. Tor, short for The Onion Router, is often linked to the “dark web”, but a number of legitimate entities now have .onion sites.

“Making our service more accessible is an ongoing priority for us,” a Twitter spokesman said in a statement. “This has been in the works.”

Twitter has been restricted in Russia for more than a week following the country’s invasion of Ukraine. Facebook has been blocked in Russia entirely for continuing to fact-check Russian state-backed media. Both social networks have expressed a desire to find ways to operate there so people can communicate with those outside the country and maintain access to non-Russian news sources.

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