Brave CEO upset about free speech platform, Gab's forking his browser

27 Apr, 2019 | Updated: 27 Apr, 2019
by Fifi Arisandi
Brave CEO upset about free speech platform, Gab's forking his browser

The controversial social media platform, Gab announced they will launch a new browser soon.

The decision to create their own browser comes after a series of rejections from all Silicon Valley companies from using their virtual services.

According to CEO Andrew Torba, the browser, which is the forked version of Brave, is planned to launch in the next couple of weeks as it’s currently under development.

Brave’s co-founder, Brendan Eich doesn’t seem to “accept” the fork very well as seen on his Twitter account.

“Answer this: what kind of parasite forks an open source browser to get an extension distributed to people who can already work around silly AppStore bans? Brave is for users who dare to take back control of their data. Some[one] who wants a detached comment system can use Dissenter,” Eich tweeted.

To those unfamiliar, Dissenter is Gab’s new comment extension that was ejected from Google and Mozilla extension libraries.

Torba responded to Eich’s scathing comment by saying that he doesn’t get Eich’s “way of thinking”.

He said, “The entire point of open source is to allow others to build upon an existing codebase and add more value.” Adding to his response, Torba also mentioned that Brave itself is a fork of the Google Chromium project.

“Open-source projects are forked all the time, GitHub even shows the fork count on every repo and the community uses it as a badge of honor. I can’t imagine any legitimate reason why Brendan or anyone else would have a problem with this,” he added further.

The “feud” receives various comments from both Torba and Eich’s followers, with most of them can be seen of questioning Eich response. Some of which, however, question Torba for their “attack” to Brave.

“Then why are you attacking @brave? Their business model is aimed at hurting the big tech oligarch's data harvesting ad revenue.  Ok, you're forking their browser - fair - but why attack the enemy of your enemy?  I like the idea of @getongab but am questioning the leadership now,” said user Frank Xplor.

Despite his claim of not being upset, Eich’s responses on Twitter to Torba as well as those making comments do show that he feels irritated with the fork.

According to Decrypt, Eich’s scathe started after Torba criticized Brave’s use of BAT token by referring to it as “a joke”.

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