Brave introduces feature to bypass 'harmful' Google AMP pages

Chromium-based browser maker Brave has introduced a new feature called De-AMP which allows users to bypass Google’s Accelerated Mobile Pages framework (AMP) to allow them to instead visit websites directly.

Brave was scathing in its assessment of Google’s AMP framework, claiming in a blog post released on Tuesday that the framework is “harmful to privacy” and “helps Google further monopolize and control the direction of the web”. 

“An ethical web must be a user-first web, where users are in control of their browsing, and are aware of who they are communicating with. AMP (along with Google’s upcoming, actual name still to come, ‘AMP 2.0’) is incompatible with a user-first Web. De-AMP adds to the long list of Brave features that put users first on the Web,” Brave said in the post.

“Where possible, De-AMP will rewrite links and URLs to prevent users from visiting AMP pages altogether. And in cases where that is not possible, Brave will watch as pages are being fetched and redirect users away from AMP pages before the page is even rendered, preventing AMP/Google code from being loaded and executed.”

Brave announced that the De-AMP feature is now available in its Nightly and Beta versions and will soon be

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