The number of people connecting to Facebook over Tor has been increasing over the past year. The company announced on Friday that, this month, the figure exceeded 1 million visitors.
“This growth is a reflection of the choices that people make to use Facebook over Tor, and the value that it provides them. We hope they will continue to provide feedback and help us keep improving,” Alec Muffett, a software engineer for security infrastructure at Facebook in London, wrote in a post on Friday.
In June 2015, Muffett writes, about 525,000 people would access Facebook using Tor over a typical 30 period. “This number has grown—roughly linearly—and this month, for the first time, we saw this ‘30 day’ figure exceed 1 million people,” Muffett continues.
“On any given day we sum how many people access Facebook over Tor over the previous 30 days,” Muffett elaborated in a tweet. “This is the number we cite.” (Muffett clarified to Motherboard that the number refers to unique visitors to the site).