The next Twitter app update may include Bitcoin tipping via the Lightning Network.
According to reports, Twitter is preparing to enable Bitcoin (BTC) tipping for content creators.
According to MacRumors, the latest Twitter iOS beta includes code that could see Bitcoin included in the “Tip Jar.” Indeed, as we previously reported, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey hinted that Bitcoin tipping was in the works.
In May, Twitter launched Tip Jar as a way for users to reward content creators on the popular social media platform.
If the reports of Bitcoin tipping are true, BTC will be added to the Tip Jar as an acceptable payment option alongside Cash App, PayPal, and Venmo.
Twitter may provide a brief tutorial on Bitcoin and the Lightning Network as part of the rollout. According to a portion of the text quoted by MacRumors, the Bitcoin tipping feature will “generate Bitcoin Lightning invoices” using the Lightning Network payment gateway Strike.
The tutorial may also cover concepts like custodial and non-custodial wallets for storing Bitcoin.
The addition of a Bitcoin tipping feature to Twitter is just the latest in a long line of BTC-focused adoption developments for the social media behemoth and Dorsey himself. Earlier this month, the CEO of Twitter and Square announced plans to build a Bitcoin decentralized exchange.
Dorsey has previously stated that Bitcoin is the key to Twitter’s future, as well as the company’s intention to integrate BTC into services such as commerce and subscriptions.
Bitcoin tipping via Lightning Network on Twitter will also confirm plans to integrate LN into the social media platform, which began in June. The move may also bring crypto token tipping into the mainstream, fulfilling one of the many use cases for cryptocurrencies advocated by supporters.
Dorsey also revealed in July that Square was working on a “assisted custody” hardware wallet for Bitcoin.