Apple Targets Bitcoin Tipping in Damus App, Sparks Decentralization Debate
Apple is requesting the removal of the Damus app, a decentralized social media platform that allows users to tip each other in Bitcoin. The app utilizes a feature called Zaps, which utilizes the Lightning Network widget for fast and cost-effective Bitcoin transactions. Apple argues that Zaps violate their policy, which mandates that all tips must be conducted through in-app purchases. The Damus team contends that Zaps are not used for buying or selling digital content, but rather to support other users and content creators in a peer-to-peer manner. This dispute highlights the ongoing tension between centralized platforms and the decentralized social media and peer-to-peer transaction movements. Bitcoin tipping has gained popularity as a means of rewarding content and showing appreciation on various social media platforms, and Apple's decision could have broader implications for other platforms offering similar features. Some proponents of cryptocurrency criticize Apple for prioritizing Silicon Valley interests over decentralization and innovation.