Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey addresses students during a meetup at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in New Delhi, India November 12, 2018.

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The team behind decentralized social messaging app Damus, backed by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, said on Tuesday that Apple may remove the app from its App Store within 14 days.

We give said in tweet that apple He is considering the ban due to the messaging app’s integration with the Lightning Network, a payment protocol that allows users to exchange bitcoins directly over the network without the need for another app. On Nostr – the primary platform that Damus operates on – these types of payments are known as “goes off”.

The move could disrupt one plan to make it easier to use bitcoin and convert it into a more convenient transnational digital currency.

In her tweet, Damos said Apple is concerned that content creation could be used by content creators to sell digital content on its platform.

Damus shared an image of an Apple App Store Review warning in which she said Apple “has noticed that your app allows users to submit ‘tips’ related to receiving content from digital content creators by a mechanism other than in-app purchase.”

Apple has a long history of preventing app makers from using in-app payments to sell additional content or add-ons, unless those payments go through Apple, which requires a 30% withholding.

But Damos said Apple misunderstands the role of slippage.

Dorsey, who is also the CEO of the payments company roadblock (formerly Square), chirp Damus backed up, claiming that Apple misunderstands “how this feature works and what it’s for,” and called on Apple CEO Tim Cook to reconsider removing Damus from the App Store.

“It’s an important part of the future of the Internet,” Dorsey said. “It has the potential to bring people around the world into an economy without the traditional gatekeepers.”

Dorsey is a committed cryptocurrency, and Block has made several big bets on the cryptocurrency, including a system to help people “mine” bitcoin — the process of running resource-intensive computer programs to validate bitcoin transactions and create new coins.

in another place tweetApple contacted the team, Damos said, and “scheduled a call to discuss zaps’ role in more detail.”

Apple did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment.

Last December, Dorsey donated 14 bitcoin worth about $245,000 at the time to build Team Nostr, a decentralized social media initiative that aims to not be owned by any particular leader or business entity. Nostr users can keep their identities on various Nostr-powered apps like Damus and exchange bitcoins with each other over the Lightning Network.

Dorsey, a co-founder and former CEO of Twitter, has been advocating decentralized applications as the next evolution of social media, where users can express their opinions and not be forced to adhere to policies by social media operators.

Not many of these platforms have algorithms in place for recommending specific content — a sore point for some Twitter users who have been complaining that they’ve been seeing less relevant content in Twitter’s “For You” tab since Musk took over. They don’t sell ads, and they don’t collect and sell user data, which are the classic ways social networks make money.

Dorsey is also currently a supporter of the Bluesky messaging app, which was built on top of a decentralized networking technology called the AT protocol. Bluesky, which is still only available to users via invites, has grown in popularity as users flee Twitter amid a surge of hate speech and bugs, but it’s still much smaller than the popular messaging app, which Elon Musk bought last fall.

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