The rumor is true. Facebook has a dark face too. The deep web has become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to its anonymity, and many big media companies have joined the bandwagon. Today we will explore Facebook’s Onion website and see how it differs from its normal platform.
Why does Facebook have an Onion address?
The deep web is the part of the internet that is not indexed by search engines. This means that bots and crawlers do not see these webpages and a normal search would not return any results.
Facebook, like many other corporations, has a deep web version of their platform. Although this version of Facebook does not give you total anonymity, it offers a higher level of privacy as compared to its clearnet platform.
So the real question is, Why would one of the largest organizations known for its invasive stance on privacy and controversial clear-name policy have a .onion address?
Well, the answer is simple.
While Facebook might collect everything you say and do on its platform, it isn’t happy with sharing this information with others. Facebook is also keenly aware of attempts by many governments to restrict access to its platform.
The whole idea of social media arose from the need for people to collaborate across the web and talk freely. Restricting its access beats the whole concept of Facebook.
A deep web version of Facebook opens the possibility to access the platform in countries where the social network is censored. It is true that Facebook’s .onion address doesn’t make it much easier to maintain an anonymous account, but it does make the network more accessible in countries where it’s censored.
How to Access Facebook on the Deep Web
Like any other website on the deep web, you need a clear map of where you are going before you get there. Because normal search engines do not index onion addresses, it is impossible to access websites in the deep web without a direct link.
Luckily, we’ve got your back. Facebook’s direct onion website can be accessed through this link https://www.facebookcorewwwi.onion/. If you are new to the onion world, I strongly recommend our Beginner’s guide to the Dark Web. Better safe than sorry
More Onion Links
Perhaps even more interesting is the fact that many media companies like BBC and The New York Times also have deep web versions of their websites. This goes a long way in pushing their common voice for internet freedom. Information is and should be free… well, sort of.
Here are direct links to popular News websites in the deep web
The BBC: https://www.bbcnewsv2vjtpsuy.onion/
The New York Times: https://www.nytimes3xbfgragh.onion/
The Pirate Bay: http://uj3wazyk5u4hnvtk.onion/
Démocratie Participative: http://dp742web5fzh674o.onion/