The mastermind of the crypto-friendly Brave Browser, Brave (BAT) CEO Brendan Eich, has paddled into a fresh controversy that has sparked social media once again – this time intending for the United States’ top epidemiologist.
Brave has enjoyed a comparatively strong year as crypto has prospered in 2020, recently launching a privacy-boosting newsreader. Its browser features functions especially concerning crypto wallets and widgets that allow users to earn and store crypto. During the summer, the firm published a partnership deal with Japan’s market-leading crypto exchange, bitFlyer.
Commenters claimed that Eich was “beclowning” himself with remarks of this sort, also questioning the sources of his information.
This is not the first time Eich’s personal opinion has come under the public spotlight. In 2014, the New York Times reported, he was ousted from his role as the head of Firefox owner Mozilla after donating to a group that lobbies against same-sex marriage.
However, it appears that not all Brave users are united in their disdain for Eich’s COVID-19-related views.
On Reddit, one poster wrote,
“As a daily Brave user, I fully support Mr. Eich’s ability to say whatever he damn pleases on Twitter. That is all.”
But another objected, responding: “He can do what he wants but other people can choose to not work with his company based on what he does.”
Eich’s recent tweets have directed at American lockdowns, mask-wearing, and the science being used to formulate coronavirus-mitigating policies.
Another Redditor wrote,
“What bothers me is the CEO spending way too much time arguing on Twitter about how scientists are wrong about COVID-19. Who is he trying to convince? It’s not like anyone gives a flying f*** about his opinion on it. It’s not his field, and he’s just straight up wasting time losing a dumbshit argument.”
Another chimed in that Eich’s incapability to “keep his right-wing opinions to himself” had already cost the CEO his post at Mozilla and was on course to do the “same thing at the helm of Brave.”
Some Redditors challenged they would switch to rival browsers until Eich was removed from Brave.
But one proposed that a substitute option could prove fruitful, citing,
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