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The Pirate Bay recently made headlines due to its in-browser cryptocurrency mining venture. Although this test only ran for one full day, it was a pretty interesting development which set off a shockwave of copycat ventures by other sites. It turns out the platform is mining cryptocurrency once again, but users can no longer opt out at this point in time. It’s a very strange development, although no one should be entirely surprised by it either.


More Cryptocurrency Mining for The Pirate Bay

 

It is evident the people who operate The Pirate Bay have been looking for new ways to make money. Traditional advertisements are not an option, as virtually no company wants to be associated with the world’s largest torrent site. Donations are an option, but it all depends on how much money people are willing to contribute on a regular basis. Cryptocurrency mining provides a viable alternative in this regard, even though the concept will be met with a lot of resistance regardless.

 

Using a website visitor’s computing resources to mine cryptocurrency is an innovative concept. However, it should only be implemented if users can either turn it on themselves, or at least opt out. The current implementation on The Pirate Bay doesn’t allow for either of these options, which will cause a lot of scrutiny for this platform, to say the very least.

 

As a result of this mining implementation, people who visit The Pirate Bay will notice a spike in their CPU usage rather quickly. Although that is not necessarily worrisome – most people don’t stay on the site for long – it does constitute an ethical issue in this regard. Moreover, Cloudflare recently suspended a website using a similar mining model, and it is not unlikely The Pirate Bay may lose its DDoS protection as well. It would be rather odd to see such action taken over a feature no one really wants in the first place.

 

Considering how most ad blockers will prevent this script from running on the website, the forced integration makes even less sense right now. It is not unlikely we will see more of these ad blockers being installed and used in the long run. Particularly if more sites decide to pursue this business model, the tide will slowly turn in favor of non-ad experiences altogether. After all, we have seen multiple sites embrace this model as of late.

 

This new move does indicate the previous cryptocurrency mining test by The Pirate Bay was pretty successful. That in itself is a good sign, as it shows there is some good money to be made from in-browser mining. For now, the company isn’t that by any means, though, and it remains to be seen how this will evolve in the future. Moreover, the site is running the script in conjunction with traditional banner ads, which is somewhat surprising.

 

It remains to be seen how long this tactic will be pursued by The Pirate Bay. While it is commendable the team is trying to bring some attention to cryptocurrency, their way of approaching the concept will create a lot of bad blood, to say the very least. Until an opt-out feature is implemented, plenty of people will avoid this platform for obvious reasons. It is also unclear why there is no such option as of right now. Failing to inform users in this regard is not a positive development whatsoever.

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