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Brave browser outpasses Zoom by launching encrypted video calls

Brave, the cryptocurrency-powered web browser has introduced in-browser video calls with end-to-end encryption. The encrypted video service ‘Brave Together’ allows users to make unlimited video calls hence for the time being featuring only two participants. No account sign-ups are needed to access this feature.

Brave, co-founded by Javascript creator and former Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, confirmed that the video conferencing feature is currently being trialed on Brave Nightly, which is the development version of the browser.

The privacy-centric "Brave Together" is based on the encrypted video software Jitsi that has been strongly advocated by the famous NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2017.

Such a move has been encouraged by the way that the use of Zoom video conferencing software rocketed during the whole lockdown period. However, Zoom has been recently criticized for its poor privacy and security system. Namely because of alleged security issues, back in April Elon Musk’s company SpaceX has prohibited its employees to use the video conferencing software. Nevertheless, Zoom is planning to also introduce end-to-end encryption this week.

Brave's users are being paid Basic Attention Token (BAT) for viewing ads and over the past couple of months, the adoption has been growing. The company's head of marketing Des Martin happily announced that during March alone the platform reached over one million new users.

However, Brave CEO Brendan Eich noted that only a small percentage of users fully avail of the browser’s privacy features. As of yet, over 662,000 content creators have signed up to Brave’s publisher program, 53% of whom operate on Youtube.

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