Twitter is officially testing the Tip Jar feature
Twitter is officially testing the Tip Jar feature

Twitter has officially started rolling out the new Tip Jar feature in its Android and iOS apps, which allows users to send money directly to their favorite accounts.

If they are viewing their account through the Twitter mobile app, they can use this feature by clicking on the newly added dollar symbol next to their username.

Users can turn off reminders for individuals or organizations who don't want people to send money to.

Tip Jar supports multiple payment methods and links like Bandcamp, Cash App, Patreon, Venmo and PayPal.

IOS users can send money through these services, but currently Android users can only access this feature through Spaces.

Twitter uses third-party payment processors for these services in transactions and adds that this is not part of the user's claims.

All English Twitter users can send tips starting today, but only a select group (including creators, journalists, experts, and nonprofits) can turn on accepting payments.

For years, users have used Twitter for advice. Hence, the platform hopes to simplify functionality as part of their implementation, and there is a reason for that.

Note that currently the only way to access Tip Jar is by entering the user account.

This means that sending money in exchange for a Tweet takes more than just liking or reposting it.

Twitter has a few issues to fix because using Tip Jar to submit claims via PayPal currently allows those sending money to see the recipient's address, which is a worrying security risk.

The Twitter support account confirmed the issue and said: We are adding a warning to inform users that the address associated with the account will also be shared through the PayPal router.

However, a PayPal spokesperson said: The address will only be shared if the payment is sent in the Goods and Services category and the Friends and Family option conceals the user's address.

The spokesperson added, "This is a standard feature of the PayPal app. We work closely with Twitter to ensure user awareness."

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