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Twitter launches new tipping feature, but privacy concerns loom

Twitter on Thursday introduced Tip Jar, a new feature that lets people send money to accounts they support. The ability to receive tips is currently available to a limited group of creators, journalists, experts, and nonprofits, but everyone who uses Twitter in English can send tips, the company said in a blog post. "Tip Jar is an easy way to support the incredible voices that make up the conversation on Twitter. This is a first step in our work to create new ways for people to receive and show support on Twitter – with money." Those who are eligible and have enabled Tip Jar will have a new dollar bill icon show up on their profile next to the Follow button on iOS and Android apps. On Android, tips can be sent through Twitter Spaces as well. The receiver can choose which payment methods to enable from the following: Bandcamp, Cash App, Patreon, PayPal and Venmo. The ability to receive tips will soon expand to more people and to more languages, the company said. Notably, Twitter currently doesn't take any commission on these tips. Twitter acknowledged that people have been using the platform indirectly to receive tips for a while now. "We $ee you – sharing your PayPal link after your Tweet goes viral, adding your $Cashtag to your profile so people can support your work, dropping your Venmo handle on your birthday or if you just need some extra help," the company said in the blog post. This new feature just streamlines…

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