To counter rising censorship, the British Broadcasting Service or BBC has embraced the Dark Web. The BBC World Service international website will now run a parallel website on the Dark Web. As with all the websites that are available on the Dark Web, the BBC’s site too now has a ‘. Onion’ web address, and requires the Tor web browser to access the same.
In an era of increasing and aggressive censorship of news, the BBC has taken a rather pathbreaking step. One of the oldest news and updates providing platforms will now run its international edition on the Dark Web. The BBC website on the Dark Web will have foreign language services like BBC Persian, BBC Russian, and BBC Arabic. BBC UK or the national edition of the website will not be available on the Dark Web.
BBC International Edition Website On The Dark Web:
BBC has been facing increasing censorship in several countries where it offers local news and updates. The platform claims rising censorship of news on the internet by the government has long been a point of controversy. In the recent past, BBC’s Vietnamese edition was blocked for prolonged periods of time. China has been periodically blocking BBC’s website in the country, and even Iran routinely blocks access to the BBC website.
The @bbcworldservice's online news content is now available on the 'dark web' Tor network. This will make it easier for audiences who live in countries where BBC News is being blocked or restricted to access our trusted international news. https://t.co/MU0PufwByX
— BBC News Press Team (@BBCNewsPR) October 24, 2019
In a rather novel approach to fighting against censorship and restricted access, BBC announced this week that it’s launching a mirror or parallel edition of its international news website on the Dark Web. In an official statement, BBC noted, “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.”
How To Access BBC International Edition On The Dark Web:
As with all websites that are accessible on the Dark Web, interested viewers and readers will have to download and install Tor, a web browser that supports the Dark Web and allows access to websites with a ‘.Onion’ address. The web address for the alternate website to the regular BBC News is bbcnewsv2vjtpsuy.onion. Needless to add, any website with an .Onion address cannot be opened in any regular browser like Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge.
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The BBC International ‘Dark Web Edition’ will have foreign language services like BBC Persian, BBC Russian, and BBC Arabic. Incidentally, BBC is not offering UK-only content and services including BBC iPlayer. The platform claims the restriction of broadcasting rights prevents it from publishing UK content on the Dark Web. In other words, only the international edition of the BBC, and not the UK variant, will be available and accessible on the Dark Web. Incidentally, the regular web version will continue to work, and this appears to be merely a precaution to ensure the information published by BBC remains accessible in regions with increasing government censorship.
Our readers are cautioned that the dark Web has earned a notorious reputation. The layer of the internet isn’t governed by international laws and regulations and is often used by hackers and criminals to trade illicitly acquired goods. Despite the poor reputation, BBC choosing to deploy a Dark Web Edition clearly indicates the increasing acceptance of the same. Although the Dark Web is a complex layer of the internet, users are cautioned that they should rely on a reliable VPN provider to access the same.