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junon
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Ah yes, Brave, the browser that "respects your privacy" has started putting ads directly *in* the browser.

When they introduced Brave Rewards and people were confused why I was upset, it's because I knew it was a slippery slope to toward this sort of thing.

EDIT: Turns out, the ad is targeted towards LGBT people. As an LGBT person who just wants to live life in peace, this shit aggravates me even more. First, corporations are not your friends. They do not care about you. It's virtue signalling. Second, it's a bit ironic seeing as how Brenden Eich made Brave. If you don't already know, Brenden Eich (also creator of javascript) is pretty anti-gay.

So many things wrong with this. Can't wait to stop leasing away my devices' resources to advertisers.

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  • 33
    That's very brave of them.
  • 12
    Either you die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.
  • 6
    They've been doing that since forever.
  • 3
    @SortOfTested Could be. I've just had tabs open for a long time and cleared them off today to find... this.
  • 8
    And they did a referral forced redirect and (this at least matters to me) their boss is a homophobe...
  • 4
    @linuxxx Oh man it's the guy who was at Mozilla.
  • 4
  • 3
    @SortOfTested

    -dreams of comets flying by an N-
  • 6
    I don’t know how or why, but apparently one of my superpowers is being able to instantly tel whether a company is a scam or not by observing a minuscule amount of data related to them.

    I’ve seen brave logo and their CEO’s face and IMMEDIATELY realized it was scam. I never knew why, but I just knew it.
  • 2
    They have done this since start
  • 8
    I still have a hard time believing anyone actually trusted Brave and thought they wouldn’t be raging doucherockets.
  • 8
    Every time someone makes a new browser, I think "oh, interesting".

    Then I ask myself: What is Firefox (+a few extensions) not doing that I desperately need from a browser?

    The answer is: Nothing.
  • 5
    I always smelled bullshit from that browser

    the dumb crypto currency it has, the weird custom ads, redirecting users to their affiliate links, etc...
  • 2
    And for the record, I don't agree with homophobes but everyone their own views. As long as you don't actively try to harm/hurt other people in some way with your views or with what you do to support those views I'm all good.

    The brave browser boss/founder, for as far as I'm aware (correct me if I'm wrong), actively engaged in getting equal gay rights laws and such off the table.

    Now then you can fuck right off.
  • 1
    You can disable "sponsored images" in new tabs in the settings
  • 1
    https://theguardian.com/commentisfr...

    Read it. Less because of her opinion, but because it has a ton of sources and is not just focused on the anti gay thing, but on the overall context
  • 2
    lol thats why i use Tor Browser or Cake , googles trackers are getting out of hand But tor takes too long ;-;
  • 10
    To expand on the idea of why Brave exists, and why their approach is wrong:

    Their idea is to give users privacy by blocking harmful ads, while allowing you to fund content creators.

    Seems like an ethical thing on the surface -- Ads suck, and we want creators to be paid (That's also us, Developers!)

    Both the current state of advertisement on the internet, AND adblockers are unethical. I give a point of sympathy to adblockers -- because I view loss of revenue for a company as a less serious crime than hoarding private user data.

    But the question is: Is it the job of a browser company to play Ad Tax Lord over the Lands of the Internet?

    Of course not. What they're doing is a racket: They collect the tax, but don't (fairly) pay it to those who are building the content.

    A browser, in the end, should just be a markup rendering tool.

    You know what the solution is?

    Look at DevRant. Free, no ads. For a few $, get a [++] next to your name.

    You don't need a special browser for that.
  • 3
    @bittersweet But... devrant can't show me cute pictures of cats. Fix that problem and Ill uninstall every other browser.
  • 1
    @bittersweet
    Truth. Unfortunately the unwashed masses bought into the freemium model wholesale and the funding models based on MAOs and MUVs left over from the 90s will haunt us par indefinitely.
  • 5
    @SortOfTested

    Compared to gaming...

    Microtransactions are by themselves not evil — there are games which are awfully pushy and even unethical with them, but there's also "freemium" games which I'd consider ethical (Path of Exile, Guild Wars 2).

    Instead of hooking into some addiction pathways, they offer some quality of life additions — in the same way how devRant allows longer comments if you subscribe so you don't have to go comment (1/5), (2/5), etc. Perfectly usable for free, a bit of added value when paid.

    The same goes for the internet — there's a right and wrong way to do ads, to do freemium, donationware, or paywalls.

    Ads don't even have to be evil. I watch DIY videos on YouTube, and I prefer a woodworker being sponsored by DeWalt or Festool and telling something useful about why they genuinely like their sponsor, instead of them telling me about some VPN or getting an inserted segment about caramel pudding.
  • 3
    @bittersweet
    The 90s model is closer to mark cubans shitty radio on the internet; get people on, chase funding. It's freemium because they sell you no/reduced ads.

    Facebook is the forever free product cancer that evolved from that. They're both predatory and reduce the potential for companies that are actually profitable to achieve funding because they buck the user growth model that has been established.
  • 8
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE how it has an "ads blocked" statistic ABOVE THEIR OWN AD.

    A C T U A L L Y braindead!
  • 3
    @AlgoRythm Hahahaha I didn't even make that connection.
  • 2
    @bittersweet proudly slap Warframe to that list too.
  • 0
    That's really bold a choice
  • 4
    Wow how stupid am I!?
    I didn’t give it too much thought but I did think brave was scammy when it shows me “time saved by not looking at ads” buy its the only browser randomly showing pop up ads even at random that are totally irrelevant to me!
    Ugh!
  • 4
    So what simple markup rendering web browser does everyone use?

    I have so much to learn
  • 1
    @EDragon try Midori. (Also, you can turn off the popup ads on mobile.)
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