Private Blockchain Browser Brave Doubles Monthly Active Users in 2019

Privacy-oriented blockchain web browser Brave has seen its monthly active users (MAU) almost double from 5.5 million in 2018 to 10.4 million in 2019. At the same time, Brave’s daily active users (DAU) have tripled over the past year to reach 3.3 million, the firm announced Dec. 5.

According to the company, the recent growth in MAU follows the release of Brave’s new version, Brave 1.0, on Nov. 13. According to the blog post, Brave expanded its MAU base from 8.7 million in October to over 10 million at the end of November.

12x increase in new publishers

Alongside a spike in active users, Brave also recorded a 12-time increase in verified publishers that are registered to receive Brave’s built-in tokens — Basic Attention Tokens (BAT) — for sharing content.

According to data from BATGrowth — a site that tracks Brave browser adoption — the total number of Brave publishers was 341,880 as of Dec. 6. In contrast, Brave had just 28,000 verified publishers at the beginning of 2019.

Brave continues to grow after launching crypto tipping on social media

A number of reports show that Brave is becoming increasingly popular. Brave reportedly overtook its major competitors like Chrome, Firefox and Opera in Japanese Google Play in September. 

Mozilla co-founder and JavaScript creator Brendan Eich first announced by Brave in 2016. The browser allows users to tip on major social media platforms including Twitter, ad-free video platform Vimeo and social news site Reddit using Brave’s BAT token.

China's Great Firewall Blocks Popular ETH Block Browser Etherscan

China’s Great Firewall, a tool used to ban Chinese citizens from using sites like Google and Facebook, has listed a major explorer for Ethereum’s (ETH) blockchain.

According to data from non-profit monitoring organization GreatFire, China allegedly blocked one of the most popular ETH block browsers, Etherscan, in October 2019. As of Dec. 3, Etherscan’s domain remained inaccessible from IP addresses inside mainland China, as reported by crypto publication Coindesk on Dec. 3.

Etherscan is aware of the block, firm’s CEO says

While the Etherscan’s blockage was largely unnoticed, the firm’s CEO Matthew Tan reportedly said that Etherscan noticed the action “within the last 3 months,” Coindesk reports. Cointelegraph contacted Etherscan’s team to confirm the information but the firm hadn’t responded as of publication.

The block’s timeline

According to GreatFire, which collects a database of websites blocked by the Great Firewall, Etherscan was purportedly still intact with “no censorship detected” as of Aug. 17, 2019.

The Ethereum block browser was fully blocked by Oct. 29, 2019, while the exact time of the block is not reported by GreatFire.

Other ETH blockchain explorers still accessible in China

Meanwhile, other Ethereum block explorers are still intact in China. As reported by Coindesk, a localized version of the browser, cn.etherscan.com, is accessible to Chinese users as of press time.

A block explorer is a website or a tool that allows users to track blocks, wallet addresses, network hashrate, transaction data and other key data on a certain blockchain, like the Bitcoin (BTC) blockchain, the Litecoin (LTC) blockchain, or the Ethereum blockchain. For Bitcoin, there are a number of block explorers, including Blockchain.com, Blockexplorer.com, or Btc.com

Meanwhile, Etherscan is just one of a number of block explorers such as Etherchain.org and Ethplorer.io. In March 2019, major Ethereum wallet supplier MyEtherWallet announced the launch of the alpha version of its new open-source Ethereum blockchain explorer, EthVM.

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