Dissenter is a "Free Speech" web browser made by Gab Ai. It appears to be a fork of an old Brave version which itself was forked off an old Chromium version. It is available for Windows, macOS and there are .deb and .rpm versions for Linux. The Linux version is not very useful since it doesn't even run or produce a web browser window.
Dissenter is a web browser advertised as a "free speech" platform. It claims to, "block Big Tech ads and trackers by default," and allows users to "comment on any URL." (Dissenter | Free Speech Web Browser, n.d.) Dissenter was built by Gab.com, a free speech software company that powers the free speech social network Gab. (Dissenter | Free Speech Web Browser, n.d.)
Dissenter installs and works on Mac OS without noticeable issues. The browser offers most of the same functions and extensions like Chrome, Firefox, and Safari.
Dissenter | Free Speech Web Browser. (n.d.). Retrieved January 11, 2021, from https://dissenter.com
Verdict and conclusion
Dissenter is a very capable web browser that offers diversity to Internet users.
Under the hood
A sneak-peak at
/usr/bin/dissenter-browser reveals that it is an older bash start-up script for Chromium. The actual browser executable installs to
A brief look at the files the .deb package installs reveals a disturbing
/etc/cron.daily/dissenter-browser job infecting the system. Oddly, it will try to remove dissenter from apt's sources list and
exit 0 and that's it. It's an odd file.
/opt/gab/dissenter/resources has two folders called
brave_rewards which clearly indicate that Dissenter is indeed based on the Brave browser.
Dissenters homepage is at https://dissenter.com/ and there are download options on that page in case you really enjoy seeing
FATAL:zygote_host_impl_linux.cc messages in your terminal for some reason.