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The Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP), a non-profit Hong Kong-based news website covering local affairs, has started promoting the Brave browser and its basic attention token (BAT) as a tipping method to support it.
Via social media, the HKFP promoted the privacy-centric Brave browser, and pointed out that using it its readers can reward it with the BAT token simply by viewing ads and tipping it.
— Hong Kong Free Press (@HongKongFP) January 20, 2020
As CryptoGlobe reported, the cryptocurrency-powered Brave browser saw its user base triple in just one year thanks to its features, as it blocks ads and trackers by default and helps preserve users’ privacy online. Moreover, through its basic attention token it rewards those who opt to see ads, allowing them to redistribute those rewards to other users.
Less than a day after enabling Brave browser donations, HKFP’s editor-in-chief tom Grundy revealed the firm had already received 153 BAT, worth about $33.
I hope the wording is correct as I only just about understand what I've just enabled. Nevertheless, we already have 157.27 BAT, or US$33.
— Tom Grundy (@tomgrundy) January 20, 2020
The Hong Kong Free Press itself has been having funding problems as back in September cryptocurrency payment processor BitPay blocked its bitcoin donations for weeks without properly working with the HKFP to resolve the issue.
Soon after, the organization moved to start accepting bitcoin donations through a BitPay rival, BTCPay. In a follow-up tweet, Grundy noted that cryptocurrency donors have already given the Hong Kong Free Press at least 1.97 BTC, worth over HK $134,000.
The non-profit news outlet relies on crowdfunding to keep its operation running. Cryptocurrency donations have helped it stay afloat. BitPay, it’s worth noting, has also been implicated in the suspension of other donations. Back in August 2019, the processor blocked a $100,000 contribution to the charitable organization, Amazon Watch, all due to a volume limit.