Below is a list of commonly asked questions related to the Brave ads platform.
There are some key differences between Brave Ads and traditional digital advertising:
- Brave Ads are opt-in and privacy-preserving. Traditional advertising requires information about you, your behavior, pages you’re browsing and location to be collected by advertisers and other vendors in order for them to target ads. In contrast, Brave Ads are matched to you directly and anonymously on your device without the need for Brave to profile you . Your personal data never leaves the browser and reports are not linked to any identifiable individual or device.
- People that opt-in to Brave Ads are rewarded for their attention and receive Basic Attention Token (BAT) for seeing Brave Ads. Users receive 70% of the ad revenue Brave receives from advertisers, called "revenue-sharing".
- BAT allows individuals to reward content creators in a way that doesn’t require them to surrender their privacy.
- Rather than displaying Ads on web pages, Brave Ads appear as push notifications, as background images on the New Tab Page, or as items in the Brave News feed.
Brave uses anonymous-but-accountable ad confirmation events to allow us to report campaign performance and delivery for advertisers without tracking users and without personal data leaving the user’s device. Additional technical information about the security and privacy model used for ad confirmation is available on Github. In addition to accounting via confirmations, it is important to gain anonymous insights into how Brave users engage with ads, e.g. with respect to top-level advertising segments like “Technology & Computing” or “Travel”.
To that end we use privacy-preserving analytics that allow us to calculate high-level statistics about ad usage without gaining insight into any information about particular individual users. To learn about how we achieve this read our posts on Privacy Preserving Product Analytics and Private Advertising Analytics.
The region/country setting for Brave Ads is inferred by Fastly on the edge using the IP address of the ad catalog request.
Users are rewarded for viewing ad notifications as they appear in Brave. Users are not rewarded for clicking on ads.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, note that you can always turn off Brave Ads at any time.
There are several ways we prevent harmful ads from ever being served on the platform:
- Third party ads require data collection in order to function as expected. Brave blocks third party ads and trackers, including ad exchanges and networks that commonly deliver malware and malvertising.
- The same Brave shields that protect users as they browse the web are active in ad tabs. Advertisers are required to go through an approval process before they are able to setup campaigns with Brave
- Individual ads are also approved by real people before they are deployed from the ad server.
Payouts begin processing starting on the payout date specified in your Brave Rewards settings (brave://rewards), though sometimes earlier. From the 1st of the month until the payout date, you will see a countdown message in your Rewards panel alerting you when your Rewards will begin processing:
Once you get to the payout date, you will see a message telling you the progress of the payout (for example, whether it's still in progress for you, or has been completed).
A full list of regions where Brave Ads are available can be found on https://brave.com/transparency
Please note that ad campaigns vary by country, and by operating system. In some countries, there may be fewer ads observed throughout the month based on campaign size, delivery pacing, operating systems, content categories and that advertisers have selected to run their ads to. As we continue to generate additional demand for countries where Brave Ads are available, the consistency should improve over time.
Brave Ads users in some regions may have restrictions on connecting a custodial account (e.g. Gemini and Uphold) and may only be able to use their earnings for creator contributions.
Please note that this setting is a ceiling rather than a floor. That is; it does not dictate how many ads you will see per hour – it dictates the maximum number of ads you may see per hour. This number will always fall between 0 and X, inclusive.
In the initial Brave Ads release, users receive BAT for viewing the ad notifications. In future releases, users will be able to earn additional rewards for engagement events within the ad tabs. Brave does not reward users for clicking on the notifications. Brave’s position is that users should only click on ads that they have a genuine interest in engaging with.
Once claimed, those tokens are yours to use for whatever purpose you see fit.
We are very pleased that so many of our partner companies in the crypto space were eager to be part of our early trials. As time goes on, you will see more and more ads from a wide variety of different advertisers.