May 7, 2021

Twitter adds 'tip jar' to pay for good tweeting

Twitter has launched a new "Tip jar" feature that lets people send money to others on the social network. Because the payment is made through those external systems, some Twitter users noticed that tipping a PayPal account lets the recipient know the postal address of the tip sender. After security expert Rachel Tobac highlighted the issue, Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour thanked her for the "Good catch" - but said Twitter could not control how PayPal handled that information. "Seems like Twitter's tip jar feature is going to raise some issues for newsrooms," tweeted Ryan Lizza, Politico's Washington correspondent. As part of that deal, Twitter also pitched paying Twitter as a way of supporting journalism.

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