Facebook officially announced that they are working with the Tor Project in order to get official recognition for .onion sites. Facebook and Tor (receiving help from other companies as well) has successfully petitioned the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) for them to designate website addresses that end with ”.onion” as special use domain names. The Internet Engineering Task Force is the main organization on the internet that sets the standards for almost everything.
The outcome of the whole petition is that it will make setting up and running a .onion site much easier. Firstly, the ICANN (Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers) can’t make .onion a regular top-level domain. That means the domain extension, .onion, won’t be sold off during a round of domain name expansion. Secondly, the petition will make obtaining an HTTPS (SSL/TSL) certificates easier for hidden .onion websites, which will make browsing those domains more secure and encrypted. It seems that the second reason is why Facebook was supporting Tor’s .onion websites all the time. Last October, Facebook has announced the social media platform’s official .onion website (facebookcorewwwi.onion), which even had a working SSL certificate.
Facebook has created its own .onion domain for valid reasons. One