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Blockchain Browser Brave Tests Crypto Tips for Twitter Users

Blockchain browser Brave is testing a new tipping function for social media platform Twitter on its Nightly version.

Blockchain browser Brave is testing a new tipping function for social media platform Twitter on its Nightly version, it announced in a tweet on May 23.

The post reads that users of Brave Nightly — the testing and development version of blockchain-based browser that blocks ads and website trackers — will have access to the browser’s new feature for tipping tweets with the Brave Rewards program. The feature is designed to award content creators with Brave native digital tokens, basic attention tokens (BAT).

A related announcement on the project’s website provides a detailed explanation of the tipping feature:

“When you visit Twitter in the Brave Browser for desktop, you will see a special tip button on each tweet. Tap on a tip button to send a tip directly to the author of the tweet. Tips are sent instantly and appear in their Brave Rewards account within minutes.”

Brave Rewards also allows users to tip creators on video-sharing website YouTube while watching their videos.

In late April, Brave launched Brave Ads, an option that enables its users to earn rewards for watching advertising. The option allows the browser’s users to receive 70% of the ad revenue share as a reward for their attention in the form of BATs. Brave Ads purportedly ensures that brands are connecting with people who are interested in advertising, eliminating costs, and risks regarding privacy, security, and fraud.

As reported last December, Brave became the default browser on a phone from major smartphone manufacturer HTC, and will reportedly be pre-installed on the HTC Exodus 1, “the first native blockchain phone” with support for multiple blockchains, including The Bitcoin and Ethereum networks.

At press time, BAT is trading at $0.347, having gained 2.22% over the past 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap. The token’s current market capitalization is around $439 million, while its daily trading volume is around $53.6 million.

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Brave is Gaining a Lot of Traction, and May Soon Dethrone Google Chrome

Brave has become the most popular browser of the crypto community. It was able to conquer this demanding audience thanks to its philosophy of using blockchain technologies to change the way we conceive the entertainment and content distribution industry.

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Brave Logo

However, the rest of its features are so attractive that Brave not only grew within the community: It is already one of the Top 3 mobile browsers with the most downloads at a global level.

Recently, Brave even dethroned Google Chrome from its privileged position as the second browser on the list for a brief period of time. Right now, both apps are competing for the silver medal, although neither has so far been able to be a dangerous competitor to Mozilla Firefox.

BAT: The Cryptocurrency that “Measures” How Popular Brave is

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BAT Logo is Inspired by Brave’s Philosophy

Basic Attention Token is a cryptocurrency developed by Brave to be used as a mechanism for transfering value through the browser. The idea is to reward users for viewing content while rewarding creators for their work, leaving aside intrusive practices such as unauthorized advertising, data tracking, etc.

Throughout the year, Basic Attention Token (BAT) grew as fast as its parent company’s browser. The fact that it was listed by Coinbase and Circle strongly stimulated its trading, increasing its marketcap, however, it is currently experiencing an important correction that could take its value to levels close to the band of 0.25 – 0.30 USD per token.

Dissenter: The New Competitor That Ditches BAT in Favor of BTC

To comply with its philosophy Brave Browser intends to use Basic
Attention Token. This altcoin is very popular, not only because of its
philosophy but also because it provides great profit opportunities for traders.

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Dissenter Logo

However, not everyone agrees with this idea. Many BTC maximalists dislike using altcoins, so they would have preferred the popular browser to be powered by the undisputed crypto King: Bitcoin (BTC).

For this group of people, the GAB team developed Dissenter
browser, a Brave fork that eliminates certain unnecessary features, while
leaving the best of the browser.

The controversy around this browser arose after the founder of Brave attacked Dissenter’s team because the idea of removing BAT didn’t seem very pleasant. He also accused the GAB team of plagiarizing his technology, alleging that this browser has no reason to be.

For its part, the Dissenter team reminded Brave’s CEO that
his browser is another fork of Chrome, which is a fork of the open source
project “Chromium”.

So far the future of these Browsers, although uncertain,
seems very promising, and despite the polemics, one thing is certain: The
crypto-browsers are here to stay (no matter what token they use).

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Crypto-Rewarding Blogs Are Getting Popular, One of Them Set Up by Former Ripple CTO

Ex-Ripple chief technology officer is launching a blogging platform,
considering content as one of a major use cases for crypto

Last year, Stefan Thomas, a former Ripple’s CTO, launched a closed beta testing of his Coil startup headquartered in San Francisco. Coin is a public venue for bloggers enabling them to earn XRP.

Best Coil authors to get paid in crypto

Since the beta kicked off in late summer 2018,
around 1,000 users have been paying around $5 per month as a subscription fee.
Unlike other platforms, like Spotify, Coil automatically pays bloggers in XRP
depending on how popular their content is.

As reported by CoinDesk, Coil.com cooperates with Stronghold, a platform that enables converting crypto to USD. The final target of Coil is to introduce free access for users with a tipping option. Creators of best content will be getting paid.

Ultimately, the creators of the platform plan
to use various cryptocurrencies on Coil.com. The focus will be on charging
payments per time spent on a blog page.

Avi Kabani, who has published a few books on love and relationships, and a Forbes writer Thomas Silkjær have already joined Coil. Kabani has managed to earn 21 XRP and Silkjær believes that in the future Coil may well push out some media with paid subscriptions from the market. In an interview he said:

“You pay per second you are visiting a website. But the underlying technology is much more capable. Imagine paying per kilobyte streamed of video, or paying for time spent reading articles otherwise walled by paywalls and subscription.”

Tron-based app tests a writers’ platform

In January, it was reported that a Tron-based dapp was setting up a platform which would enable writers to sell their self-published books for crypto.

The BOOK project team back then was planning
to launch a testnet dubbed Dummy Book Network. This network would use the WRT
token as the major coin.

In the future, the team claims, this network
will enable authors to do without major electronic book-sellers, such as
Amazon, that charge immense fees and give a tiny bit of the royalty to their
authors.

Other blogs that pay writers in crypto

Apart from the BOOK project and the Coil
platform, there are also rivalling platforms that offer crypto rewards to
content makers.

The privacy-focused Brave browser offers
rewards for bloggers and YouTubers in BAT (Basic Attention Token).

Other platforms like that are Yalls and Cent –
they offer rewards in Bitcoin and Ethereum.

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Blockchain Browser Brave to Reward Users with BAT Tokens for Watching Ads

Decentralized browser Brave has launched Brave Ads, an option that enables its users to earn rewards for watching advertising.

Decentralized browser Brave has launched Brave Ads, an option that enables its users to earn rewards for watching advertising. The development was announced on Brave’s website on April 24.

The announcement reads that users of Brave — which is an open-source blockchain-powered browser that blocks ads and website trackers — can now receive 70% of the ad revenue share as a reward for their attention in the form of the browser’s native cryptocurrency, basic attention tokens (BAT). Brave Ads purportedly ensures that brands are connecting with people who are interested in advertising, eliminating costs, and risks regarding privacy, security, and fraud.

The company further notes that it is working with charity-related blockchain consultancy startup The Giving Block to provide ad inventory and test use cases, as well as nonpartisan nonprofit organization The Human Right Foundation, which is featured as part of the launch, where users are able to tip the organization through Brave Rewards. Brendan Eich, CEO and co-founder of Brave Software said:

“With Brave Ads, we are launching a digital ad platform that is the first to protect users’ data rights and to reward them for their attention. Brave Ads also aim to improve the economics and conversion of the online advertising industry, so that publishers and advertisers can thrive without the intermediaries that collect huge fees and that contribute to web-wide surveillance.”

In January Brave partnered with news website Cheddar to offer its users three months of free access to premium content. The browser’s users will purportedly automatically obtain access to premium content on Cheddar’s website, without action on the user’s end.

As reported last December, Brave became the default browser on a phone from major smartphone manufacturer HTC. Brave was reportedly set to be pre-installed on the HTC Exodus 1, “the first native blockchain phone” with support for multiple blockchains, including the Bitcoin and Ethereum networks.

At press time, BAT is trading at $0.433, having gained almost 6.79% over the past 24 hours, according CoinMarketCap. The token’s current market capitalization is around $541 million, while its daily trading volume is around $136.9 million.

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The Internet Archive Receives 2500$ in Basic Attention Token (BAT) Micropayments

Cryptocurrencies
and blockchain technologies are proving to have more uses every day, convincing
more people and businesses of the relevance of this revolution.

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An example of this is the expansion of Brave, an internet browser built with blockchain tech. The browser integrates its code with a wallet that allows users to reward content creators and receive rewards for their interaction.

Brave Browser is already bearing fruits, growing slowly but steadily. Recently, The Internet Archive shared with its users that it received about $2500 in Basic Attention Token (BAT) tips.

Last week, we hooked up our cryptocurrency wallet to our Brave creator account. Those tiny micropayments that Brave users had tossed into the Archive’s virtual tip jar had accumulated, growing into more than 9k Brave Attention Tokens (BAT) – the equivalent of $2500 USD!

The team explained that they were pleasantly surprised after having initially created the account as a “fun experiment” oriented not only to test a new technology but to support a project that shared a vision similar to that of the Internet Archive.

Brave Browser: How Blockchain is Disrupting the Ads Industry

The company evidenced how blockchain technologies can change the way many industries are structured. According to The Internet Archive, Brave Browser took the first step towards the “re-conception” of the web content industry, which is moving to build a future in which ads do not play such an invasive role:

This was an unexpected windfall. It was also proof that the current web, the one that’s driven by ads that know our every move, doesn’t have to be the web of the future. There could be a better way that’s secure, private and supported by its citizenry. To all of our Brave browser tippers, we thank you. Every little bit makes a big difference.

2500$ may seem little, considering that according to Adstage, advertisers paid $2.8 dollars per thousand impressions in Google Ads. Also, The Web Archive receives about 102.47 Million visits per month according to data from Similar Web.

This would mean a gain of just $1 for every million visits, ie even Brave Browser can not compete against the ads industry, however, as adoption grows and the industry gains credibility, it is very possible that the gap between the two competitors is narrowing.

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Stop using Chrome, Install Brave Browser! Wikipedia Co-founder Tells You Why

Larry Sanger

User privacy and the risks associated with data leaks should be a priority for today’s globalized society, and Larry Sander, co-founder of Wikipedia, is fully aware of this. In early 2019, Sanders said his new year’s resolution was to protect his cyber-life “(along with getting into shape, of course).”

Sanger explains that security threats from criminals (such as ISIS) and tech giants (such as Facebook and the Cambridge Analytica scandal) are becoming more frequent. However, the second reason that made him opted for “locking his cyber life” is the manipulation of the content that “Silicon Valley behemoths” exert on what users consume in the end:

“The Silicon Valley behemoths have decided to move beyond mere moderation for objectively abusive behavior and shutting down (really obvious) terrorist organizations, to start engaging in viewpoint censorship of conservatives and libertarians. As a free speech libertarian who has lived online for much of my life since 1994, these developments are deeply concerning. The culprits include the so-called FAANG companies (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google), but to that list we must add YouTube, Twitter, and Microsoft.”

To fight this problem, he devised a “plan” which he updated on March 17 and shared on his personal blog, He explained each of the steps he hopes to take during 2019 to have a safer life:

Goodbye Chrome… Hello Brave Browser

The first step of his “plan” (avoid using Google Chrome) has already been completed. He explains that Brave Browser has had a favorable evolution and that now not only is easier to use but it represents a much better option than Google Chrome:

Stop using Chrome. (Done.) Google collects massive amounts of information from us via their browser. The good news is that you don’t have to use it, if you’re among the 62% of people who do … I’ve switched to Eich’s newer, privacy-focused browser, Brave. I’ve had a much better experience using it lately than I had when I first tried it a year or two ago and when it was still on the bleeding edge.

Brave: The team behind Brave Browser and Basic Attention Token (BAT)

Good News For The Privacy Freaks!

Another of Sanger’s steps was subscribing to a VPN service. In this way, the possibility of IP tracking and information manipulation is avoided. However, for those who do not want to spend money on this service, or configure a VPN in more complex cases, Brave Browser can be of great help:

VPNs solve those problems by making your connection to the Internet anonymous. The big problem with VPNs, and the reason I probably won’t do this, is that they slow down your Internet connection … A nice fallback is the built-in private windows in Brave that are run on the Tor network, which operates on a similar principle to VPNs

Basic Attention Token (BAT) Makes it Possible To Get Paid While Surfing The Web

Mr. Sander explains that in addition to being privacy oriented (which is Sander’s primary motivation) Brave offers the option of paying users for consuming content. The BAT token is the browser’s native cryptocurrency and aims to change the way content distribution industry works, providing a more favorable and comfortable alternative for users and providers:

It also pays you in crypto for using it… There’s absolutely no need to use Chrome for anything but testing, and that’s only if you’re in Web development. By the way, the Brave iOS app is really nice, too.

Brave Browser has been considered one of the safest web browsers available. Basic Attention Token (BAT) is ranked 30th in the global marketcap with a total capitalization of $237,320,762 according to data provided by Coinpricewatch.

Courtesy: Coinpricewatch

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Decentralized Browser Brave Becomes Default on HTC Blockchain Smartphone

Blockchain browser Brave will be pre-installed on HTC’s blockchain browser, supporting cryptocurrency networks.

Decentralized browser Brave is now the default browser on a phone from major smartphone manufacturer HTC, technology news outlet CNET reported Dec. 10.

Founded in 1997, HTC is a Taiwanese consumer electronics manufacturer, which was the leading smartphone vendor in the U.S. at the end of 2010, according to TechCrunch. The company’s market share began decreasing, when it trailed Apple, Samsung, and LG with a roughly six percent market share in the U.S. in 2014. In 2017, HTC held 2.3 percent of the smartphones market share, while in 2018 it purportedly controlled less than a half percent.

Brave — an open-source blockchain-powered browser, which blocks ads and website trackers — will reportedly be pre-installed on the HTC Exodus 1, “the first native blockchain phone” with support for multiple blockchains, including Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH) networks. The forthcoming project of HTC Exodus 1 was initially announced in May 2018.

Brendan Eich, co-founder of Brave and previously Mozilla, announced the partnership with HTC in a tweet on Dec. 8, saying that “we are very happy to have @Brave as default browser and to be working with HTC on their Exodus phone.”

Brave browser uses Basic Attention Tokens (BAT), that send advertisers’ payments to Brave and its users, and subsequently can be used to pay for premium content. In June 2017, Eich raised $35 million in 30 seconds during the BAT Initial Coin Offering (ICO).

Last month, blockchain-focused electronics supplier SIRIN Labs launched its first blockchain-based smartphone called FINNEY. Based on both Android and SIRIN’s open-source operating system, SIRIN OS, the FINNEY phone offers a cold-storage crypto wallet and provides encrypted communications.

Also this summer, the Opera browser for Android announced the launch of a private beta version that will include a built-in crypto wallet. Opera’s crypto wallet will support Ethereum Web3 application programming interface (API) and will be integrated with a “default WebView” on top.

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Coinbase-explored Basic Attention Token’s (BAT) Brave Browser Attains 10 Million Downloads

Before Coinbase decided to put Basic Attention Token (BAT) among the assets they are exploring, the cryptocurrency has been performing in the space.

Now, the Brave Browser, which rewards users with BAT, has reached a milestone of 10 Million Download on Google Play store. This is a giant milestone for BAT, which appears not so popular until Coinbase mentioned it is exploring it.

The browser is a fast, open source, and privacy-focused. It blocks malvertisements, trackers, and contains a ledger system that anonymously captures user attention to accurately reward publishers. On the browser users are rewarded for their contents.

“The Brave browser knows where users spend their time, making it the perfect tool to calculate and reward publishers with BATs. This service creates a transparent and efficient Blockchain-based digital advertising market.”

Through the browser, publishers are rewarded with more revenue because middlemen and fraud are reduced. Those who use the browser are served with fewer but better targeted ads devoid of malware, while advertisers are receive better data on their spending.

Brave Has 3 Million Monthly Active Users

In July, Brave announced they now has over 3 million monthly active users (over 3.1 million as of July 1st). They added that they are moving to pass the 5 million mark before the end of 2018.

The statement added that, “Brave has also reached the Top 10 category in “free communication apps” for its Android browser in the Google Play Store in the United States as well 20 countries across Europe, Asia, and the Americas”.

“This includes #8 in the U.S., #7 in Canada,  #8 in France, #4 in Portugal, #6 in Spain, #5 in Ireland, as well as #3 in Indonesia, #7 in Singapore, #10 in South Korea, and #5 in Argentina.”

BAT Grants Dishes Out $500,000 BAT Giveaway

That same July, Brave publicized they issued BAT grants to Brave users as part of the monthly $500,000 BAT giveaway. In the same line, the statement stated that Brave had over 18,000 Brave verified publishers (over 4,500 websites and 13,500 YouTube and Twitch streamers).

Basic Attention Token (BAT) has been a growing idea before Coinbase made it known to its users they are adding the cryptocurrency.

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Dow Jones Media Group And Brave Blockchain Platform To Test ‘Consent-Based Ads’

The Dow Jones Media Group and the Blockchain-powered privacy-oriented web browser Brave have formed a partnership to test Blockchain technology in digital advertising, according to a press release published yesterday, April 18.

Brave, which was developed by the Brendan Eich, creator of JavaScript and the co-founder of Mozilla, raised $35 mln in 30 seconds durings its Initial Coin Offering (ICO) for the Basic Attention Token (BAT) held last June.

Through its new partnership with the Dow Jones Media Group, the Brave browser reports it will provide access to either Dow Jones Media Group’s brands Barrons.com or the MarketWatch newsletters to a limited number of users, as the two sites will become “verified publishers” on Brave’s BAT platform. According to AdWeek, Brave browser users earn BAT tokens by engaging with ad content from verified publishers, now including these two Dow Jones Media Group brands. The platform reports that BAT tokens can then be used to pay for premium content.

Eich told Adweek that Brave seeks to cut out the middleman in the ad industry, stating that they are “trying to reconnect the funding that comes in gross payments after the fact from advertisers and gets chopped down by a bunch of middle players—notably Google—and the remnants are given to publishers”:

“We’d like to improve the efficiency of that system by cutting out the middle players and help publishers directly connect to their readers.”

Dow Jones Media Group and Brave will be “test[ing] a number of innovative solutions in the news and information space,” like working with “consent-based” ads that give consumers the chance to affirm their interest in seeing the ad, AdWeek reports.

Senior vice president at Barron’s, Daniel Bernard, said in the press release that the partnership is an “exciting and innovative step for Dow Jones Media Group,” and publisher of Dow Jones Media Group Almar Latour said that the company has a “keen interest in [B]lockchain, privacy, and how digital users interact with content,” according to AdWeek.

Yesterday, IBM and Salon Media announced a similarly-themed partnership for a pilot Proof-of-Concept Blockchain product designed to cut out intermediaries between advertisers, publishers, and consumers. Salon had already experimented with other ways around traditional advertising revenue this year, when they offered users a slightly misleading choice between seeing ads or letting the site use their “unused computing power,” aka crypto mining without saying mining.

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YouTube Adpocalypse Gets Blockchain Solution

There is something curious going on with YouTube; it’s a strange phenomenon that Forbes called ‘Adpocalypse.’ The rampant demonetization of videos by Google on YouTube has heavily hit the earnings of popular content creators. Amos Yee, Singapore’s enfant terrible who is famous for dissing the city-state’s founder Lee Kuan Yew on YouTube, recently stirred up more controversy in his former homeland.

Yee asked his followers to support his videos on Patreon:

“Now more than 50 percent of the current videos on my channel have been demonetized, and because future videos of mine will obviously deal with controversial political subjects and [have] vulgar language, there’s a very high chance that more than 50 percent of my videos will continue to be demonetized and I won’t make money [off] them.”

Yee is not alone; there are others who have also been hit by this wave of YouTube demonetization. Philip DeFranco, a YouTuber with 4.5 mln subscribers called demonetization a “form of censorship” in a Business Insider article.

YouTube alternatives

If income loss is an issue then people can simply choose an alternative platform right? The answer would be, it is not so simple. YouTube has over one bln users and according to them, that is one-third of the Internet.

The second most wellknown video-oriented website is Vimeo, which has 170 mln users worldwide out of which 42 mln are in the United States.

However, Vimeo is seeing phenomenal rise and they claim that they have grown 80 percent over the last year.

The philosophy behind the two platforms is completely different. Vimeo basically charges content creators for putting their content on the platform and offers 500/MB per week of free storage (25 GB/year).

YouTube is fueled by advertisements and sharing that revenue with creators. Some YouTubers though have experimented with Vimeo by making films. These include Joey Graceffa and ComicBookGirl19. CNBC quoted  Kerry Trainor the former CEO of Vimeo as saying,

“When it comes to monetizing that viewing experience, it’s about allowing and empowering creators to actually charge for content instead of relying on a purely mass advertising-based model.”

YouTube claims demonetization strengthens creators

YouTube published a blog this year which claimed that they want creators to ‘express themselves while earning revenue.’ They wrote, “There’s a difference between the free expression that lives on YouTube and the content that brands have told us they want to advertise against. Our advertiser-friendly content policies set the tone for which videos can earn revenue, ensuring that ads only appear where they should. To make sure we apply this process fairly, we also give creators the chance to appeal if they feel any of their videos have been unfairly demonetized. We take these steps because advertiser confidence is critical to the financial success of our creators.” On first sight, this may feel like an effort to balance the needs of sponsors and advertisers and those of creators, but it also appears that YouTube is nudging creators only to make content that is palatable to moneybags or else suffer financially.  This is at the heart of the problem.

Third party revenue streams

San Francisco based Patreon has emerged as an alternative model for raising funds for YouTubers who are unhappy with the current state of affairs. Patreon lets viewers make monthly and ongoing ‘pledges’ that benefit creators directly. The website claims that they have sent over $150 mln so far to creators. They charge a five percent fee from the revenue that is raised for the creators. At the moment they are supporting a wide variety of content creators beyond just video creators like musicians, writers, comic book artists, podcasters etc.

Now Brave too have jumped into the fray with their latest desktop browser. We have already covered how Brave ICO raised  $35 mln through an ICO that issued BAT tokens. Brave users have a choice, they can either distribute contributions based on the time they spend viewing videos or by ‘pinning’ a set amount to their favourite creator. Brendan Eich, CEO of Brave Software Inc. explains why they choose extend the reward system to YouTubers, “We see big platforms exploiting the new generation of content creators who generate so much value for the platform owners, yet increasingly face sudden drops in ad revenues, and even demonetization.” Emphasising the need to connect viewers and YouTube content creators, he adds, “Brave reconnects users directly to content creators; with Brave Payments which we made available in beta using Bitcoin over the last year, and now provide built into Brave for laptops and desktops using the Basic Attention Token (BAT) instead of Bitcoin.”

Space for a decentralized solution

YouTube content creators who were up till now only at the mercy of Google have started to explore options when it comes to monetization of their content.

The arbitrary nature of demonetization, which puts the onus on creators to ensure that they either produce ‘advertiser-friendly content’ or go through a ‘process’ with YouTube.

Brave will help YouTubers avoid the vague rules that they are subject to at the moment, as an example creators with less than 10,000 lifetime views do not receive ad revenue.

While there are alternatives available like Patreon, that also puts creators at the mercy of an intermediary.

Talking to us about how a decentralised platform could play a role here, Brendon tells us, “Patreon is successful because it lets people contribute directly to creators registered there, but we see Brave as a decentralized way for users to go direct, via pinned contributions in Brave Payments.

These pay a percent of the user’s chosen monthly budget in BAT to recipients, without any centralized registration-based website acting as intermediary.”

Everyone can benefit

It is not only the content creators that Brave is focusing on but also the viewers. Brave users enjoy an ad-free experience without having to worry about installing extra plugins. Brendan tells us that YouTube creators who will promote Brave will see a ‘lift in contributions via Brave Payments.’

He reveals, “We will move to give Brave users BAT grants soon, and we have user-private ads that pay users the bulk of the revenue on our agenda, starting with trials in the first part of next year.

This should be win/win/win for YouTube content creators, their fans, and Brave.” At the moment these features that Brave are introducing are only available on the desktop.

We are told that the release for mobile will be announced in the near future. Brave has already passed one mln downloads on Android.

Fortune favors the Brave

What Brave is doing is letting YouTube users enjoy an ad-free experience, while letting YouTube content creators enjoy an alternate stream of revenue through Brave Payments fuelled by BAT token.

This decentralized Blockchain based system is an alternative universe and a new way of doing things, which is dynamically different from what Google are offering.

Brendan acknowledges that but also tells us that it is about being Brave in the end, “Brave is for users who have the courage to defend their data and experience against tracking and advertising, which have proven to be two sides of the same abusive coin controlled by the big platforms.

If this puts us at odds with Google in the short run, we believe in the long run the Web Standards will rise to address user rights, privacy by design, intermediary-free payments and even anonymous ads — all of which we are building into Brave and Google is not building into Chrome.”