BAT Community Weekly Update: Brave Ads officially launches for desktop, over 100K creators now verified with Brave Rewards, 24 Hours of BAT (global meetups event)


OFFICIAL: Brave Ads is officially here. Users can now earn BAT token rewards for seeing ads in Brave (desktop)

Starting today, users of Brave’s latest release of the desktop browser for macOS, Windows, and Linux can choose to view privacy-preserving Brave Ads by opting into Brave Rewards. These users will receive 70% of the ad revenue share as a reward for their attention, which they can auto-contribute to publishers under default settings. Brave’s platform is a new path toward a better Internet, where users can browse the web, earn rewards, and support their favorite content creators while preserving their privacy.

Brave Ads also provides brands with direct opportunities to highlight offers and engage with users as they browse the web. Since Brave Ads are opt-in, brands know with certainty that when their campaigns run with Brave, their ads are viewed by people who welcome advertising. Brave’s anonymous-but-accountable campaigns ensure that advertisers are connecting with the users they are seeking, removing the excessive costs, privacy, security, and fraud risks currently associated with middlemen in digital advertising.

OFFICIAL: Check out the shiny, new Brave Rewards page!

CLEAN—in our humble opinion. :wink:

CREATORS: Brave Rewards now has over 100K Brave browser publishers and creators!

This is a milestone worth celebrating! Extending a warm welcome to all of the publishers and creators who recently joined us.

In addition, if you’re a recently verified publisher or creator, be sure to introduce yourself over on r/BATProjectCreators!

COMMUNITY: 24 Hours of BAT, a BAT Community global meetups event, was a huge success!

On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, volunteers from around the world held BAT & Brave meetups in their region for 24 Hours of BAT, a global initiative to draw attention, interest, and adoption to Basic Attention Token and Brave. The goal was to create a BAT & Brave wave—to take social media by storm, flooding it with photos and videos of BAT fans from around the world who’ve come together to learn, teach and celebrate the ways in which BAT & Brave are revolutionizing the web.

The event was a huge success, with participation from 16 regional groups around the globe. Meetups were held in San Francisco (CA), Media (PA), Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal (Canada), Bogota (Colombia), Juiz de Fora (Brazil), Vigo (Spain), Perth (Australia), Tondano, Manado, Salatiga, Bali and Bekasi (Indonesia) + two virtual meetups hosted by BAT France and BAT China!

For tweets and pics from the event, see below (more to come in next week’s recap blog post):

Find out how to get involved as a BAT Community volunteer or Regional Leader here.

BAT Community Merch Giveaway Winners!

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

  • Monday (Reddit): JustinBilyj
  • Tuesday (Twitter): m4tchB0X3r
  • Wednesday (Facebook): Christian De Guzman
  • Thursday (Contributor Special): coladh_samh

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:

Dev Channel v0.65.74

Beta Channel v0.64.60

Release Channel v0.63.48

In this latest release, we’ve added the ability to opt-in to user private Brave ads (#4209), fixed not being able to auto-contribute even though the required BAT is available. (#3897), fixed bookmark and pin buttons under the New Tab Page for top site tiles. (#3347), upgraded Chromium to 74.0.3729.108. (#4192), and much, much more! See the release notes for full details.

Brave Team Tweets:

BasicAttentionToken @AttentionToken Today we’re launching the 1st ad platform built on privacy. Brave desktop browser users who opt into Brave Ads receive 70% of the ad revenue share in BAT. Brave puts the user in control, rewards them for their attention, and helps fund content creators. Apr 24 2019

Luke outlines the first regions for ads… then… the rest of the planet.

Luke Mulks @lukemulks @AmsterdamRodge @BraveSampson @KpunToN00b @540GrunkSpin @brave @AttentionToken Netherlands is supported for Brave Rewards. For Brave Ads, the first regions we are going to market in are: US UK Canada France Germany But we will roll out to the rest of the planet across two additional phases. Apr 19 2019

Luke comments on launch partners.

Luke Mulks @lukemulks It’s excellent having @brave #Ads launch partners like @MyCrypto - We have the platform that not only utilizes @AttentionToken for supporting publishers, but also provides an outlet for crypto and blockchain-related businesses to spread awareness. Apr 24 2019

Bye bye duopoly…

Luke Mulks @lukemulks The duopoly can kick rocks, and keep their surveillance-based economic models. It’s a new day. There’s a better way to connect brands directly with people that want it. You’ll find ads from innovative companies and brands taking steps forward into a people-first Internet. Apr 24 2019

Brave doesn’t censor. And, “Can’t be evil” is much better than… “Don’t be evil.”

Sampson @BraveSampson @MLGudi @getongab Brave doesn’t censor, and we don’t have any idea to whom you are offering support. Our use of the ANONIZE protocol shields every set of eyes from your activity; even our own. This is part of our larger “Can’t be evil” effort. It’s none of our business who you support. Apr 25 2019

Luke praises Uphold!

Luke Mulks @lukemulks As a partner, @UpholdInc remains exceptional: - First partner to support @AttentionToken after our token sale. - One of the first brands in our @Brave #Ads preview, and a featured brand in our ads launch. - Really nice people, too. Apr 25 2019

BAT/Brave in the News:

Brave was in the news… A lot!

Brave rolls out its own ads that pay users a 70% cut

The Brave Browser Will Pay You to Surf the Web

View Ads, Get BAT: Brave Delivers on ICO Promise of Paid Web Browsing

Brave’s privacy-first browser ads arrive with promised payout for you

Privacy-centric browser Brave launches its twist on display ads

Brave browser lets you see opt-in ads in exchange for rewards

The Brave browser launches ads that reward users for viewing

Brave Launches Ad And Rewards Platform, Pitting The Browser Against Ad Tech

Brave will pay web browsers to watch ads with novel digital revenue model

Blockchain-Based Brave Launches Digital Advertising Model For Desktop

News You Should Know:

Canada group sues government over Google’s Sidewalk Labs

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association is suing three levels of government over a Google-backed plan to build a smart neighbourhood in Toronto. The association says the project is “invalid and needs to be reset”. Privacy advocates are concerned the project will increase surveillance and outsource government responsibilities to a private corporation.

NY AG opens investigation into Facebook for harvesting user email contacts

New York’s attorney general is launching an investigation into Facebook after it was reported last week that the company had scraped the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their consent.

“It is time Facebook is held accountable for how it handles consumers’ personal information,” state Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement. “Facebook has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of respect for consumers’ information while at the same time profiting from mining that data.”

Roaring Fans:

Boxmining earning BAT!

Boxmining ‏@boxmining Not bad @brave … Earned 60.1 $BAT from Ads and platform rewards in April (~27 USD). Thanks @BrendanEich 6:27 AM - 22 Apr 2019

x - Brandon Kidd @SmashBrando This is what 1 month of browsing looks like when using @brave. I’m and advertiser who isn’t anti ads - I’m pro user experience and many of the ads we see are not in our favor. 12:00 AM - 24 Apr 2019

Gary Limbo @gary_limbo One happy @brave user :spider: Apr 25 2019

Wilfred ‏@WilfredBoston Why I love the @brave browser… #BasicAttentionToken $bat 10:08 PM - 21 Apr 2019

From Reddit:

Holy shit, the new Brave blows every chromium-based browsers out of the water

It’s Happening! Just received my first earnings from Brave Ads! Thank you to the team for ALL you have done and will continue to do!

A huge thanks to the Devs and Everyone else in the BAT community

This is how I feel right now!!!