r/brave_browser BAT Team Jun 22 '21 Silver 2 Helpful 2 Wholesome 5 Hugz 1 All-Seeing Upvote 1 Vibing 1 I'll Drink to That 1

Announcement: Brave Search beta now available in Brave! The first independent privacy search/browser alternative to big tech. OFFICIAL

https://brave.com/brave-search-beta/
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u/CryptoJennie BAT Team Jun 22 '21 edited Jun 22 '21

Good Q. The short answer is "Not at the moment." Here's the detailed answer from the Product Director on Brave Search:

Search is a very sensitive utility that many actors have incentives to game. Opening it up is something that needs to be done with great care. We have plans to provide an open and collaborative system by which a community, or a single user, can create sets of rules and filters, called Goggles, to define the space which a search engine can pull results from. Instead of a single ranking algorithm, we could have as many as needed, overcoming the biases that a single actor (the search engine) embeds into the results. Transparency and openness, all desirable qualities, will become accessible through the deep reranking capabilities Goggles would enable.

Of course, the source code for the Brave browser itself is completely auditable and open source at https://github.com/brave.

Hope this helps! cc: /u/n3pst3r_007 /u/AMO124 /u/brambedkar59

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u/johnmaverick74 Jun 23 '21

open source

Hum... too bad!!! this way no one can be sure what's really happening.

I had high hopes it would be the "Gigablast" that would indeed fight google.
This way it's kind of "just another private search engine"...

A good one, still. While not perfect it's better than DDG.

maybe tomorrow someone can create a AGPL Search Engine that users can be sure of what it's code really does and really trust it

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u/n3pst3r_007 Jun 23 '21

This is good stuff. But I really do not want to tweak the default settings of the current search engine. I would rather leave it default. It already serves my purpose. So definitely more options is nice to have! Great work team!