What Happens with Brave Browser Now? Rebels Design Fork with No BAT Token

By Nivesh Rustgi
June 8, 2020 Updated June 8, 2020
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An open-source brave browser fork is being designed as the original browser was involving in unethical use by adding Binance’s referral link by default on their browser.

Brendan Eich, the creator of Javascript and co-founder of Brave posted a twitter threat to explain how the referral links were getting activated automatically. He notes,

I see mistaken belief that Brave rewrites links in pages. We have never & will not do any such thing. The autocomplete defaults we’re removing provide completions to Brave’s address bar type-in. No in-page link rewriting apart from standards compliance + HTTPS Everywhere.

In the next updates, they will be looking to change the default settings on the page. Nevertheless, the users are now starting to get suspicious of the ‘supposedly’ ad-free, decentralized browser with no ulterior motives.

The Hard Fork – No More Adware!

Motivated by the attack, a group of netizens have attempted to create an open-source fork of the Brave Blockchain. The new browser will eliminate adware, which automatically displays or downloads advertising material. The rebel Braver team is working on the update and expects to launch the new version soon. The Github page for the source code is here.

A twitter page, Braver Browser has been made which is currently followed by the creator of Monero, Riccardo Spagni and even the CEO of Binance US, Catherine Coley. 

Eich, however, noted that since they own the trademarks and copyrights of the browser, they won’t be able to successfully create a replicate of Brave. He tweeted,

Good luck. They will have to rename, also run a bunch of services and updates on their own. No free-riding on our servers.

The trademarks and logos displayed on this website may not be used without the prior written consent of Brave or their respective owners. The creators of the Braver page accepted the regime and replied to Eich saying,

We will change the name.

Giving people more options if they feel intimidated by cryptocurrencies and advertising products they may not like/understand.

The Lion in the original Brave logo is replaced in the Braver design.


But The Plan Involves No Token

Brave is surging on the controversy which is not surprising as the investors will look to attain the token before its fork. The BAT token is up 7% on a daily scale, as the Binance controversy took a sudden turn with media attention and the support to the open-source project from Monero creator, Spagni.

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BAT/USD 1-Day Chart on Kraken (TradingView)

However, the new fork will be free from the BAT tokenomics. The hard-fork will include Web3, IPFS, DRM support Adblocker, Tor, and Webtorrent. And, will outstrip the existing features such as ad viewing rewards and BAT promotions. The devs note,

It’s good to have an open-source alternative that doesn’t have any adware or monetization for the people who don’t want it.

The original design of the Brave Browser was to create a reward-based or optional ads-free browser by using the BAT token. The system has over 650k contributors at the moment. Due to a small network, the support from the crypto community will be essential in shaping the success of the original design or the new proposed fork.

Moreover, the total market capitalization of BAT is over $350 million with the sole purpose of building on the rewards programme. If the users chose the other features of Brave over the crypto, Braver could really call the doom of the Brave.

Which fork do you think will get more support the original Brave, or Braver Browser? Please share your views with us. 


Nivesh from Engineering Background is a full-time Crypto Analyst at Coingape. He is an atheist who believes in love and cultural diversity. He believes that Cryptocurrency is a necessity to deter corruption. He holds small amounts of cryptocurrencies. Faith and fear are two sides of the same coin. Follow him on Twitter at @nivishoes or mail him at nivesh(at)coingape.com
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