The cryptocurrency-friendly browser Brave was at the center of a high-profile scandal after it found embedded referral links leading to the sites of several bitcoin exchanges and wallets.
The corresponding function in the source code of the browser was discovered by the host of the cryptocurrency podcast, Yannick Ekl, aka cryptonator1337. He noted that when you enter binance.us in the URL field, the user is automatically offered a referral link to this exchange.
– Cryptonator1337 (@ cryptonator1337) June 6, 2020
Users can turn off the display of ads in the privacy-oriented browser Brave, and receive rewards in BAT tokens for viewing them. But the community’s creators did not ask the community for a redirect.
Recall that in March, the developers of Brave announced the addition of the ability to trade, purchase, exchange and store cryptocurrencies. To this end, the company entered into a partnership with the Binance exchange.
At the same time, that the browser is engaged in the substitution of referral links, users paid attention last year.
The Block’s lead analyst Larry Chermak added that this is not an isolated “mistake” – similar referral redirects to the Ledger, Trezor and Coinbase sites were found in the source code of the browser on Github. This “feature” of Brave, Chermak noted, was found by the managing director of the investment company JRR Group Dimitar Dinev.
Looks like it’s not a very isolated mistake. Brave also does this for Ledger, Trezor and Coinbase if you look in their Github https://t.co/8PpnlS5jAu https://t.co/JGQ7d23fer pic.twitter.com/keorBZiDJL
– Larry Cermak (@lawmaster) June 6, 2020
Brave CEO Brendan Eich was forced to respond to rising waves of criticism, calling the redirect a “mistake” and promised to fix the problem. According to him, despite the fact that Brave is a partner of Binance, the browser really should not redirect users to register via its referral link. He also added that a redirect occurs only when manually entering the address of the exchange.
“We will never change addresses again, I promise. I’m sorry about that, ”Eich wrote, adding that the company is trying to create a“ viable business ”.
Many refused to enter Eich’s position, saying they chose Brave, as it protects users from hidden advertising.
The user, under the pseudonym crypto.bi, replied to Eih that his team made not just a mistake, but a capital letter, because the community sincerely trusted Brave.
You made THE mistake.
This is probably the biggest reason why everyone chose Brave over others.
I don’t know what to think, really.
This really caught me off guard. I’ve been promoting Brave to all my friends, even without providing my Brave affiliate ref URL !!!
– hTTpS://crypto.bi (@cryptodotbi) June 6, 2020
At the time of publication, the redirect function on Binance.us is still present.
Earlier this week, Brave reported 15 million browser downloads. The number of active users reached 5.3 million, an increase of 165% over the year.
Recall that in March Brave filed several complaints with several EU regulators about Google’s violation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR).
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