r/NoStupidQuestions Jan 20 '22

If internet privacy is such a big issue, how come the dark web hasn't become more mainstream? Unanswered

Admittedly, I have very little knowledge about the backend of the dark web but my understanding is that it's big benefit is that it provides anonymity for its users.

If the average citizen is so concerned about privacy, how come there aren't hoards of developers building out TOR browsing so that it functions similarly to the regular web with the exception of maintaining your privacy?

Edit: got my terminology confused and mixed up "Dark Web" with "TOR browsing."


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u/Atomic_ad Jan 20 '22

The TOR is not regulated in any way, so you gain anonymity, but so does every service you engage with. Many of the services provided on the internet require that you are not anonymous, amazon for example. Because of the anonimity issue, it serves little purpose for the average internet user.