There is always controversy in the cryptocurrency world. The Brave browser has been receiving a lot positive attention, but there’s also a lively discussion on Twitter. The company may need to reconsider how content creators are rewarded, and possibly allow the user to opt out.
Brave Browser Controversy Raises Valid Points
On paper, the Brave Browser concept is quite interesting. This browser not only improves browsing for users but also allows content creators to monetize the products they create. This project, which places a great deal of emphasis on transparency and blockchain technology as well as cryptocurrency, has received a lot positive attention in the last few months.
Tom Scott says there are improvements needed to the Brave reward system. While users can send Scott donations through the browser, Scott never requested any crowdfunding or donations. He claims that Brave is taking donations for him using his photo and name, though he has never given consent to this.
This would be enough to raise many questions, but it isn’t the end. Tom Scott confirmed that he had asked Brave to refuse donations using his photo and name. However, they seem to have not fully complied with this request. The company has acknowledged the issue, but Brave CEO Brendan Eich does not see any problem with the model. Eich acknowledged that letting customers opt out would be a smart choice. This feature will be added at a later stage.
It is not ours to keep; it goes back into the user growth pool, which funds creator referral awards and user grants.
Tom is right. We should allow creators to say “no thanks”, and then be auto-excluded. Unverified channels and sites can already be auto-excluded by users. This will be addressed.
— BrendanEich (@BrendanEich) December 21, 2018
The discussion has been receiving a lot of attention via Twitter. This is to be expected. One user claimed that soliciting crypto tips for free is similar to fraud. This is quite a strong claim considering Brave isn’t doing anything illegal. Although the situation right now is frustrating, Brave doesn’t see it as such. The terms of their services are quite clear. Over 30,000 creators have been verified, and they get paid.
There will be many different opinions on the Brave team’s handling of these situations. Tom Scott believes there is a difference in “setting up donations pages without consent” and “sending money to users tipped over the internet”. The unclaimed funds go into the user growth pool, which provides funding for user grants and referrals. This ensures that no money goes unclaimed, even though it can create an uncomfortable situation.
Ok, so “setting up donation pages for untold number of people without their consent, and then’recycling the money’ if they don’t claim it”, is really really terrible.
— Tom Scott (@tomscott), December 21, 2018,
It is not yet clear how the new technology will affect the future of brave web browsers. Growing pains can be expected when innovative projects launch. Although it can cause major problems if this isn’t handled properly, it shouldn’t be a problem that could lead to lawsuits. It is crucial to handle this matter with the greatest care. This browser can be made mainstream by addressing sensitive issues such as these.