https://tinyurl.com/ allows you to shorten URLs. Suppose I shorten the hidden service for DuckDuckGo (https://3g2upl4pq6kufc4m.onion/) to make it: https://tinyurl.com/2lxqxljq. This link redirects to a hidden service meaning you can only view the hidden service through the Tor network. But the tinyurl isn't a hidden service, it only redirects to a hidden service (there is a Captcha Tor users have to fill out). Does this make this specific URL, "https://tinyurl.com/2lxqxljq" part of the deep web, dark web, or what?
.com sites are not part of the darknet. Only
.onion sites are.
.com that redirects/forwards to wherever it forwards doesn't change the fact that it is a clearnet
.com. you might not think there is content for the tinyurl, but there is DNS resolve going on in the background since the
.com TLD runs on DNS to carry out any operation, including the protocol to forward elsewhere.
If Tor is not used on the tinyurl, it doesn't matter if the
.com can't reach its forwarded destination. you still put miles into traveling the
.com as explained in my previous comment regarding DNS resolve, and are just stopped when you get to the border leading to darknetland. Without Tor, there technically was no darknet site accessed whatsoever by going to the tinyurl. only a failed attempt at entry, which was only the second leg of the journey