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Twitter allows users to tip their favorite accounts

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It will soon be possible to tip your favorite accounts on Twitter. On Thursday, the social network introduced “Tip Jar” (the “tip box”), a new tool to allow users to make donations directly. “This is the first step in our plan to create new ways to give and receive support on Twitter – with money,” the California-based company said in a statement.

At this time, only a limited group of people, content creators, journalists, experts and NGOs, can add a “Tip Jar” to their profile. But all English-speaking users can pay their contribution. “You are the one leading the conversation on Twitter and we want you to be able to more easily support each other beyond Follows, Retweets, and Likes,” the options for sharing and appreciating posts, said the group.

The new button will offer to pay through services like Patreon, PayPal or Venmo. Twitter has announced that it will not take a commission.

Soon paid subscriptions

The social network wants to diversify its sources of income beyond advertising and monetization options in order to retain influencers. In particular, it is preparing the launch of paid subscriptions for users’ favorite accounts, with advantages and privileges for subscribers.

The platform published weaker-than-expected results last week. The number of so-called “monetizable” daily users (having been exposed to at least one advertisement on a given day) stood at 199 million in the first quarter, or 1 million less than analysts’ forecasts.

Twitter suspends accounts relaying the word of Donald Trump, banned for life from the network

The social network confirmed Thursday to have intervened against profiles which included remarks taken from the blog of the Republican billionaire, “From the desk of Donald Trump” (“From the office of Donald Trump”).

The former head of state was ousted from Twitter earlier this year for encouraging the invasion of the Capitol by a crowd of his supporters during the certification ceremony of Joe Biden’s victory on January 6. First suspended temporarily, he was finally banned for life by the social network.

“As specified in our policy on attempts to evade exclusion, we take action against accounts whose apparent intention is to replace or promote content affiliated with a suspended account,” detailed a spokesperson for the Californian company.

AFP source

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