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[liberationtech] when you are using Tor, Twitter will blocked your acc
griffin at cryptolab.net
Mon Jun 9 10:36:47 PDT 2014
Seth David Schoen wrote:
> It seems obviously crazy to me for Twitter to prevent people from
> accessing it over Tor, both in light of widespread censorship of
> on different networks and in light of governments' attempts to find out
> where users of services are connecting from.
Yes, agreed. I have to wonder what the origin of this sudden policy
is. And, is it a policy directed at anonymous users? Or is it just
certain IPs being marked as malicious and blacklisted?
> On the other hand, if a service is viewing anomalous originating IP
> address as an indicator of compromise, then using Tor destroys that
> information source. For example, if Twitter whitelists Tor exit nodes
> and says that connecting from them is never viewed as suspicious, then
> anybody who knows this and compromises a Twitter user's account can
> just use the stolen account over Tor and never get detected or blocked.
Well a clearly this isn't a definitive "this user is not up to
anything bad" setting, but rather they need a more holistic approach
here. Their policy here is very opaque. But if the goal is to avoid
automated activity (follow/unfollow/spam/messaging etc), then there are
other approaches that could work just as well.
Why not captcha these activities if the user comes from Tor or an
identified proxy? Is this a pain in the ass for users? Yes. Is it
going to prevent them from expressing themselves anonymously online?
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