@p10111 (and everyone else),
I understand your frustration, but I think there is some confusion here surrounding the system. First of all:
You already stated that it did work as expected previously – according to you, it was “since early December”. So…yes, it has, does and will continue to work as advertised/expected.
It is not 5 ads per hour, it is a max of five ads per hour.
Please read through our documentation before asserting the system is broken – if you do, you’ll find in our Ads FAQ:
Before we jump into troubleshooting issues, it seems that there may be a slight misconception about the goals and the way in which the Brave Ads feature is designed. This misconception generally takes the form of:
"When I opt in to Brave Ads, my browser will show me ads whenever I use it."
This is not entirely true. In reality, this statement should be:
"When I opt in to Brave Ads, my browser will try to show me ads which are relevant to me."
The difference in wording may seem small, but there is a substantial difference conceptually. The goal is to show you privacy respecting ads that are relevant to the user in the right context (a “match” is found) – not to make sure that all users “see some ads” . Enabling Ads does not guarantee that you’re going to see ads – if the system does not find a match for you in the ads catalog, then you will not see any (more information on this below).
Further, you may see ads appearing regularly today, but tomorrow you may not see any – and that’s perfectly fine . In this situation, it really is a feature , not a bug . We appreciate everyone’s understanding of this distinction and implore you to keep this in mind before assuming that the feature simply “isn’t working”.
Further, please check this very helpful documentation on the official BATproject subreddit, namely the “I am not receiving ads, or I am not receiving as many ads as I expect” section for a list of possible reasons you may not be seeing ads: