FacebookFacebook just added support for the anonymous Tor browser on Android mobile devices.
On Tuesday, the company announced it would support anonymous Facebooking on phones through its native client, with the help of a proxy app called Orbot. The "experimental support" lets users open the Facebook client on their phone and remain completely anonymous.
The onion router network, or Tor as it's widely known, allows anonymous web browsing by sending data through multiple encrypted steps, rather than making direct connections, which shields the identity of its users. This separate "dark web" is often used by privacy activists, hackers, activists, and journalists to securely communicate.
Facebook already made its debut on the dark web in 2014, creating a special address for users to access its website securely.
Now, users won't need to use the browser. Instead, with some configuration of Orbot and turning on the setting in the Facebook app to use Tor, the experience should be seamless. The change is being rolled out over the next few days.
Facebook hasn't mentioned support coming for iOS as of yet, though iPhone and iPad users can still access Facebook using other apps like the Onion Browser.