BAT Community Weekly Update: 03/29/2019 to 04/05/2019 — Brave Ads now available for testing in Brave Beta, Brave Sync now available for iPhones and iPads, Luke Mulks presents at the Never Stop Marketing webinar (video)


Brave Ads now available for testing in Brave Beta!

Our beta channel now features Brave Ads for testing. Users can opt in to view private ads via Brave Rewards, and will be able to claim BAT accumulated for having viewed ads.

Download Brave Beta here:

For more information about testing in our Brave Ads Preview, see:

If you’re an advertiser that’s interested in joining our Brave Ads Wait List, see:

Brave Sync now available for iPhones and iPads!

Brave Sync is now available in today’s Brave for iOS release (version 1.9). Already a feature in the Brave desktop browser and Brave for Android app, Brave Sync for iOS enables users to automatically sync browsing data between devices running the Brave browser.

Brave Sync currently supports bookmarks. Other data such as tabs, history, passwords, autofill, as well as Brave Rewards, will be available in the coming months.

BLOG: Formal GDPR complaint against IAB Europe’s “cookie wall” and GDPR consent guidance

A formal complaint has been filed with the Irish Data Protection Commission against IAB Europe, the tracking industry’s primary lobbying organization.

Dr Johnny Ryan filed the formal complaint with the Irish privacy watchdog against IAB Europe’s use of an unlawful “cookie wall” on its website. Dr Ryan is the Chief Policy & Industry Officer of Brave, the privacy web browser co-founded by Brendan Eich, the inventor of JavaScript and co-founder of Mozilla and Firefox.

Visitors to IAB Europe’s website,, are confronted with a “cookie wall” that forces them to accept tracking by Google, Facebook, and others, which may then monitor them. Dr. Ryan has complained to the Irish Data Protection Commission that this is a breach of the GDPR, which protects people in Europe from being forced to accept processing for their data for any purpose other than the provision of the requested service.

COMMUNITY: Pledge your support to your favorite sites and creators with BAT!

In the past, members of the community have leveraged social media to gain the attention of creators for whom they had pledged their support. Leon Lush, a popular YouTuber with over 1 million subscribers, is one example of a creator who verified with Brave after being tweeted by a fan about the Brave browser, BAT, and how they could benefit him.

If one person was able to get Leon’s attention by tweeting him, imagine what the BAT community could accomplish by banding together!

VIDEO: Luke Mulks discusses how BAT & Brave are reducing ad fraud at the Never Stop Marketing Research webinar (April 3, 2019)

Luke’s presentation begins around 14:30. :wink:

BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!

The winners for our BAT Community Daily Merch Giveaways for this week are:

  • Monday (Reddit): SuperSiayuan / chunjaenim
  • Tuesday (Twitter): @giventowaltz
  • Wednesday (Facebook): Alex Zvaniga
  • Thursday (Contributor Special): buyeverydip

Click here to see pics of previous giveaway winners rocking their BAT/Brave merch!:

Be sure to tune in to our social media channels every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and Friday to participate in our daily merch giveaways for your chance to win!

Client Updates:

New Brave client releases:

Release Channel v0.62.50

In this release, we’ve added Widevine support for Linux (#413), added social media blocking for Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook (#3489), fixed issue where users couldn’t create Brave wallet (#3046),

fixed monthly tips not being displayed in summary when accessing from tip panel (#3177) and much more!

For the full list of additions and fixes, please see:

Beta Channel v0.63.31

Dev Channel v0.64.36

iOS release v1.9.1, now with Brave Sync!

Big news: Brave Sync now lets you sync your bookmarks — with total privacy, even from Brave.

We’ve also made a whole bunch of smaller improvements all over the place.

Android release v1.0.89-rc.2

  • Upgraded to Chromium 73.0.3683.90.
  • Added menu to disable bottom toolbar.

Brave Team Tweets:

Brave Beta: Now with Private Ads!

BasicAttentionToken @AttentionToken The @brave Beta channel now features Brave Ads for testing. Users can opt in to view private ads via Brave Rewards, and will be able to claim BAT accumulated for having viewed ads. Link to download Brave Beta: Apr 02 2019

Self-serve buying in the platform in the works.

Luke Mulks @lukemulks @garetmckinley @MJTraderPro @brave @CryptoTradersPr Process improvements in progress. Team is working hard on self-serve buying platform. Wait list will become less blocked as we approach our upcoming general release. Preview phases in Dev and Beta channels w/lower volume./less inventory. Stay tuned. Apr 04 2019

Sampson tipping the content he loves.

Sampson @BraveSampson @M4tchB0X3r @MaxenceCornet @VICELAND I found myself watching a @VICELAND video just now and decided to check to see if I could tip them. To my surprise, they appear to be verified again. Awesome! Here comes some @AttentionToken :slightly_smiling_face: Mar 29 2019

Brave, BAT, and a bat.

Sampson @BraveSampson RT @hamideh4454: BRAVE! BAT! Mar 30 2019

Woot woot! 100,000 addresses!

Sampson @BraveSampson 100,000 addresses and 762,204 on-chain transfers! Incredible! Apr 01 2019

Zuck is a little late.

Johnny Ryan @johnnyryan Now that Zuck has joined the party, remember that @BrendanEich of @Brave was calling for a US GDPR before it was cool. Apr 01 2019

Check out Johnny’s article in The Register.

Johnny Ryan @johnnyryan I spoke with @TheRegister @BekiHill about the formal complaint filed today against IAB Europe’s unlawful approach to GDPR consent Apr 03 2019

Now it’s easy to block those sneaky social media logins and embeds.

Brian R. Bondy @brianbondy In today’s @brave 0.62.50 release, you can now control if social media logins and embeds are allowed. If you prefer less tracking and faster page loads because you don’t use them in a 3rd party context, you can disable them in about:settings Apr 03 2019

New additions in v0.62.50!

Brave Software @brave The latest Brave desktop browser (0.62.50) features Widevine support for Linux, improvements to dark/light theme support, improvements for Sync and Brave Rewards, and new controls for social media buttons and logins (under Settings or Preferences). Apr 03 2019

When are new geographic areas coming to Brave Ads?

Luke Mulks @lukemulks @BraveSampson @umumcuyilmaz 1st geos: US, UK, Canada, France, Germany We will be rolling out to additional geos over two more phases, eventually covering all. We have to language-localize the ML model, so we are being strategic with the rollout (also hitting countries with most ad interest first). Apr 04 2019

The Irish Times talks about Johnny’s filed complaint against the IAB.

Johnny Ryan @johnnyryan The Irish Times’ @JackHoJo covers my complaint before @DPCIreland against IAB Europe’s forced consent cookie wall, with @Tupp_Ed. Apr 05 2019

BAT/Brave in the News:

BAT Q1 2019 Partnerships That Puts It Ahead Of Its Competitors

BAT growth experienced notable growth in 2018, with the Brave browser surpassing 5.5 million monthly active users at the end of 2018 compared to 1 million monthly active users at the start of the year. The speed of the desktop app was increased by 22%, and the platform grew the number of verified users to 7 times what it was at the beginning of the year. The project also developed new partnerships such as Dow Jones Media Group, Townsquare, Civic, Qwant and HTC.

In 2019, the project has begun on a good foot with the Brave browser reaching 20 million downloads on Android. The project also secured new partnerships in 2019 with Tap Network and Cheddar.

Fortune favours the Brave: Privacy browser chap takes gripes over adtech body’s website to Irish data watchdog

Adtech industry body IAB Europe is facing down another data protection complaint from Brave browser bod Johnny Ryan, this time over the all-encompassing cookie wall stalking its site.

The complaint, filed today in Ryan’s home nation of Ireland, seeks to win a long-running argument between privacy activists and the tracking industry over methods employed to force users to choose between cookies and accessing a website.

News You Should Know:

Researchers find 540 million Facebook user records on exposed servers

Security researchers have found hundreds of millions of Facebook user records sitting on an inadvertently public storage server. In the researchers’ write-up, Mexico-based digital media company Cultura Colectiva left more than 540 million records — including comments, likes, reactions, account names and more — stored on the Amazon S3 storage server without a password, allowing anyone to access the data.

Roaring Fans:

Mathias Egekvist @Mr_Matten Looks as though @brave is the browser I have been looking for. Chrome-like devtools, privacy first, build in add blocker, fast and even access to Tor (not that I use it) Apr 04 2019

Siddharth Gangadhar @siddugan @brave is awesome! Apr 04 2019

Dregs @0fficialDregs @NemRaps aye @NemRaps download and use @brave as it uses the foundation of chrome, but doesn’t have that data collecting shit plus it’s user privacy friendly with tor built in Apr 04 2019

From Reddit:

The Brave Browser is a safer and faster Chrome alternative

10 Days as the default browser and already saved 10 minutes of my life. Thank you, Brave.

125 votes and 11 comments so far on Reddit

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