The users of the Twitter app for iOS now can accept donations through the Lightning Network. To do so, they need to connect a third-party service like CashApp to their profile.
CoinDesk has reported the feature will soon be available on Android devices. According to company representatives, the cryptocurrency tip service will be entirely based on third-party solutions such as Strike. Twitter “does not participate in the movement of funds” and does not receive payment proceeds.
Different solutions will be available to users in different regions of the world. Product Manager Esther Crawford noted that the exceptions are Bitcoin and the Lightning Network – people from anywhere in the world can use the tools. She added:
“We have a great opportunity to choose global, barrier-free options. Bitcoin represents the best of them all. We know that not everyone in the world is doing digital gold transactions yet, but we consider it one of the best solutions.”
Rumors that Twitter was testing Bitcoin donations appeared in early September. Even then, it was already reported it would be necessary to use third-party apps to connect a new service.