BBC launches 'dark web' news site to get round censorship efforts by other countries

A BBC sign is displayed outside Broadcasting House in London, Britain July 19, 2017. REUTERS/Neil Hall
The BBC is to start using dark web software 'Tor' to allow people to view its news in countries that try to censor access to its site (Picture: Reuters)

The BBC is going to start using ‘dark web’ software to get round other countries’ attempts to censor its programmes.

The BBC’s international news website is being made available via Tor - a browser often used by people to access the dark web because it can hide who is using it and what they are looking at.

The move reportedly comes to get round efforts by countries like China, Iran and Vietnam to block people from viewing the BBC’s news site or programmes.

A BBC spokesperson 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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To access the BBC news site, Tor users have to visit a different web address - bbcnewsv2vjtpsuy.onion.

They will then be able to access the international version of the BBC News website that is seen by users outside the UK.

The site includes foreign language services such as BBC Arabic, BBC Persian and BBC Russian but does not allow access to content only available in the UK like BBC iPlayer.

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