Crypto Community Controversy Sees Donations Not Optional For Brave Browser Creators
While initially the ability to “tip content creators” on Brave Browser's native UI was seen as a good thing by the global crypto community at large, it has now come to light that Brave automatically makes use of a creators’ name and photo in order to collect donations on their behalf — without their consent!!!
Youtube to the Rescue
In relation to this latest controversy, Tom Scott, a popular Youtuber from the UK was apparently the first person to discover this phenomenon— wherein Brave had secretly been making use of his name and image to “procure donations” on his behalf.
This was quite shocking for Scott, as he said that he had neither requested nor given his consent for any such activities. In response, he swiftly asked the folks over at Brave stop any such ongoing operations as well as “refund any donations” that had been made on his behalf. However, a spokesperson for the firm replied by saying “refunds are impossible but we’ll see what we can do”.
As we all know, once money has exited your hands, multinational companies rarely dole out a refund— especially given the anonymous nature of Brave. However, asking for a donation on somebody else’s behalf is a practice that is shady to say the least.
So What’s the Right Way to Proceed Then?
Given how this situation is playing out at the moment, the question now arises “Is Brave’s in-browser tipping option a bad concept?”.
Well, the answer is NO but since it appears as though Brave has taken a lot of liberty with its platform services, it appears as though some remedial measures need to be taken to prevent such things from occuring in the future. For example, there should at least be an option to “opt-out” of such a feature if the creator wishes to do so.
Lastly, hours after this controversial news made its way on to the internet, all hell broke loose on Twitter— with a whole lot of people calling out Brave for its “illegal practices”.
However, the firm was adamant that it had done nothing wrong, with a company representative even going as far as saying that Tom’s input had been noted and that the company would now look to make substantive changes to its platform in light of the aforementioned incident.
One thing that the folks over at Brave fail to understand is that it is not the browser itself that seems to be the issue here. Rather, it is the way in which the company is seemingly representing its unverified creators (is what seems to be playing on everybody’s minds).
It now remains to be seen how Brave deals with this situation, but one thing is for sure that this latest episode will definitely impact the firm’s market appeal and overall brand image.