I genuinely love Brave’s idea to try to make ADVs actually useful (and maybe less annoying) for everybody. While I generally really despise ADV, I was more than happy to join the Brave Reward program.
That said in all these months the only ADs I got are ALL financial stuff (often borderline scammy).
Checking under brave://rewards/ they’re pretty much all misleadingly categorized as “technology & computing”, “science” or even “hobbies & interests”.
as you can see in the following video:
While I am interested in tech/science/etc and would probably be fine (again I’m not a fan of ADV so allowing myself to be targetted by it is a big step out of my comfort zone) with receiving announcements on breakthrough discoveries and innovations, I’m not exactly what I would call a “finance fan or enthusiast” and I really would do great without those ADs.
I dully spent some time during the last 6 months reviewing the ADs I got served and “thumbing down” those I didn’t want in the hope I wouldn’t be served those kinds of ADs again. Well, I guess I was wrong because that’s all I’m still getting.
Before leaving the Rewards program for good I thought it might be useful to report this bad experience as I’m most likely not the only one feeling this way and this whole thing might hinder Brave’s adoption and ultimately its mission.
- I would expect Ads categorization to be more accurate and faithful to the real content of the AD
- I would expect to be able to influence, and perhaps select, ADs I’m targeted with through the Rewards program so they don’t annoy the heck out of me and push me to evaluate other browsers.
- I would also expect Brave to take more care in selecting its advertisers and the ADs it serves to the end-user
- I would expect to be able to trust Brave enough to give it to my old parents and be sure they’re not gonna be served potential click bites or scam
What Operating System and Brave version are you using (
Menu --> About Brave)?
Brave 1.27.109 Chromium: 92.0.4515.115 (Official Build) (x86_64)
OS macOS Version 11.5.1 (Build 20G80)
Is your browser wallet currently verified? (yes/no)
What date did you verify your wallet?
Have you been able to successfully receive payments in the past?
Are you using a VPN? (yes/no)
Are you in a supported region (see here for list of supported regions)?
Does your device pass the SafteyNet check (Android only)?
I don’t use android