Actually, these past few days should have been a succession of good news for the Brave browser. Not only was it reported that Joe Rogan recently started using Brave, which he also shared with his millions of listeners, but many agreed that earning crypto through surfing was actually a very good idea. But then the Binance scandal happened.
What is Brave?
You probably know Google Chrome, Apple’s Safari or Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (now Edge). Those are just about the major browsers. In addition, you also have smaller ones such as Mozilla Firefox, Opera and, for example, Brave.
The latter is a crypto browser that makes it possible to earn Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) while surfing the internet. By viewing advertisements from partners, part of the income is shared with the user. As a user you receive about 70% of the income.
However, Brave, which was launched to protect your online privacy, was caught in a scandal this weekend when users noticed that typing Binance, the second largest crypto platform in the world, resulted in an auto-completion of the URL to a referral link. In other words, you type Binance in your URL and then Brave completes the full link himself until you are in a completely different page. Of course, this is not really a protection against online privacy, or at least is not experienced by users.
Crypto analysts were immediately ready to criticize Brave.
Monero developer Riccardo Spagni said, “Bro. I don’t want my browser touching the URL I type in the address bar.”
Many others on social media agreed and asked Brave for explanation.
Brave founder, Brendan Eich, has since admitted that there is a “bug” in their product.
‘We made a mistake, we’re correcting: Brave default autocompletes verbatim ‘http://binance.us’ in address bar to add an affiliate code. We are a Binance affiliate, we refer users via the opt-in trading widget on the new tab page, but autocomplete should not add any code.’
Brave recently reported reaching 15 million monthly active users, representing solid growth, but it’s still miniscule compared to the overall browser market. It remains to be seen whether this scandal has any impact on that.
Joe Rogan uses Brave
And it really should have been a very good week for Brave, but the Binance scandal decided otherwise.
It is true that just before the Binance debacle, well-known presenter Joe Rogan, whose podcast has tens of millions of listeners, had outed himself as a user of Brave.
Joe Rogan and musician Reggie Watts revealed that they preferred the privacy-focused browser to avoid tracking.
During an episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, the pair swapped stories about Big Brother-esque digital spying while surfing, both admitting that they prefer Brave and search engine DuckDuckGo. “They don’t look in your underwear. They don’t look under your fingernails,” Rogan said of the relatively new software available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS.
In order to bury the scandal, Brave has started a new partnership since this week, this time with K-pop group BTS, something that will certainly bring them positive media.