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Facebook Now Works On 'Deep Web' Tor Network

03/11/2014 15:37 GMT | Updated 03/11/2014 15:59 GMT

Facebook, as of today, will now work over the 'deep web' Tor network, allowing those that use the anonymity-focused service to also access the site.

In a move that might seem contradictory, the social network -- which insists on real-name use -- can now be accessed via a service which has been designed to protect anonymity.

In a blog post, a spokesperson for Facebook laid out the reasons why the social network was lifting its previous ban on the service.

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"Tor challenges some assumptions of Facebook's security mechanisms - for example its design means that from the perspective of our systems a person who appears to be connecting from Australia at one moment may the next appear to be in Sweden or Canada."

"Considerations like these have not always been reflected in Facebook's security infrastructure, which has sometimes led to unnecessary hurdles for people who connect to Facebook using Tor."

Tor (otherwise known as The Onion Router), is a free piece of software that will encrypt and protect your internet activity from governments, corporations or other people.

it works by bouncing the original data around the world through multiple relays, each time encrypting and changing the information, making it virtually impossible to trace it back to the original source.

So if you're using Tor and want to be able to freely use the social network then head to the blog post where you'll find both the link and instructions on how to use it.