Twitter partners Fintech Unicorn Razorpay to enable ‘Tip Jar’ feature in India

Twitter Tip Jar

Twitter India in near future is going to permit users in India to use the tipping feature on its platform to back up certain types of accounts and creators. As per the news reports, the platform is supposedly have partnered with fintech startup Razorpay.

Twitter is going to allow users to access the ‘Twitter Tip Jar’ to pay non-governmental organisations (NGOs) journalists, freelancers, content creators and other civil-society groups. The company is probably going to use this campaign to gather funds and support for those accounts that are mobilising resources on the ground for critical issues, during the ongoing Covid-19 imposed crisis.

Twitter is not going to charge its users for this service nor it is going to take any commission. Apart from Razorpay, they can add other payment gateways to its support list in few months. Tips can be given through debit/credit cards, internet banking or the Unified Payments Interface (UPI). Individual accounts will probably have a ₹1 Lakh limit for tips, with higher margin limits for business or merchant accounts. The feature is right now in the testing phase and is due to go live soon.

Twitter, at the launch of a Tip Jar feature in the last month, had a symbol of rupee or dollar indicating that users can tip the account in reference. The indication will be something like the verified account blue badge that Twitter displays on the notable profiles. Recently, Medianama reported that the Tip Jar icon was added to the public profiles of Twitter India employees, but they were soon disabled.

The social networking titan is currently not on the same page with the Indian government. After a series of disagreements since last year, Delhi Police officers from the special cell raided Twitter’s offices in Delhi and Gurugram on May 24, 2021, because of the recent allegation that Twitter is not following the government directive.

Twitter India’s offices in Delhi’s Lado Sarai and Gurugram were raided by a special team of Delhi Police after the social media titan had flagged a tweet by BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra as ‘manipulated media’ on May 21. While Twitter’s offices in Delhi and Gurugram were closed due to the Covid-19 lockdown, the company is yet to react to the issue even after the Delhi Police’s special cell served a notice to Twitter India.

Apart from that, the platform also refused to comment on its compliance status with the controversial IT, Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code’ Rules, 2021 will go into effect from May 26 2020. A Twitter spokesperson has refused to comment on the question of compliance.

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