BBC News has made its global news website available on the Tor browser in an effort to evade censorship.
Many countries including China, Iran and Vietnam have blocked their citizens access to the BBC News website or programmes, however, now rather than visiting the BBC’s main website, users of the Tor Browser can visit the bbcnewsv2vjtpsuy.onion.
The Tor version of the BBC news website will be the international edition, and will include foreign language services such as BBC Arabic, BBC Persian and BBC Russian. However, UK-only content and services such as BBC iPlayer will not be accessible.
Tor, is an anonymising software and network which allows track to travel through numerous different networks to an exit point, with the aim of hiding where the traffic originated from. It allows users to visit websites anonymously.
The browser has been associated with illegal activity, however it is also used by the military, journalists, law enforcement officers, as well as the everyday citizen. It allows those in nations under censorship to visit banned sites, such as the BBC or Facebook.
In a statement, the BBC said:
“The BBC World Service’s news content is now available on the Tor network to audiences who live in countries where BBC News is being blocked or restricted. This is in line with the BBC World Service mission to provide trusted news around the world.”
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