Tor Messenger axed

Tor announced it is discontinuing support for Tor Messenger.

Tor Messenger was introduced in 2015 as a cross-platform chat program, aimed to be secure by default by sending all traffic over Tor.

The program also enforced encrypted one-to-one conversations by bundling and using OTR (Off-the-Record) messaging.

The aim was to provide a client that supported a variety of transport networks, like Jabber (XMPP), IRC, Google Talk, Facebook, and Twitter.

“11 beta releases later, we have, sadly, decided to discontinue supporting Tor Messenger,” said the company.

There were three reasons for this decision:

  • Tor Messenger is based on Instantbird, which is no longer maintained by its developers.
  • A centralised client-server architecture suffers from metadata leaks and Tor Messenger inherits these problems.
  • Limited resources meant Tor Messenger was still in beta, and the company was ignoring requests for features and bug reports.

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