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I'd like to know why the tor daemon autostarts and whether it's safe to disable it from starting automatically.

Here users asked how to disable it for Ubuntu and Debian.

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Normally users would expect network services that are installed to start automatically, this is true for other network services under debian or ubuntu like httpd or sshd.

If you're running a relay or an onion service or another service that depending on using tor as a client then you'd definitely want the tor system service to start automatically.

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