Bitcoin-friendly social media app Damus has won a partial victory in a two-week battle to remain on tech giant Apple’s App Store.
damsA decentralized social media platform running on the Nostr protocol was warned June 13 by Apple that it could be banned from the App Store if it continues to promote acceptance of Bitcoin-powered chips “zaps.” . and avoid Apple Pay by posting content.
Damus had to make some concessions to comply with Apple’s strict in-app purchase guidelines. Damus users can still participate in zap transactions at the profile level and peer-to-peer transfers are possible, but the latest version of the app no longer supports zap on posts as Apple sees this feature as similar to selling digital content. increase.
“We are only allowed to remain if we force them to remove the core functionality of the app,” said Damus App founder William Casarin. Decryption.he tweeted He says he will continue to build Damus on iOS as a “vanilla nostr client”.
Decryption has reached out to Apple for comment and will update this article when it responds.
Apple vs Bitcoiners
Apple’s initial decision to remove the Damus app from the AppStore sparked criticism from insiders. tweeted Earlier this week.Including the former Twitter CEO and communities such as Jack Dorsey, who invested $5 million in developing the Damus protocol. “Why doesn’t Apple Pay support Bitcoin @tim_cook?” he said.
Members of the Bitcoin community claimed that Apple’s strict guidelines are an obstacle to widespread adoption of Bitcoin-enabled applications on the App Store. Apple claims all apps follow the same set of guidelines with no special treatment.
Catherine said. Decryption His biggest concern is that other value-for-value (v4v) Bitcoin apps such as Fountain and Podcasting 2.0 are “at risk of being removed.”
“Considering that the entire app is bitcoin tipped content, I have no idea how the fountain is allowed,” Katherine said. “It’s back now, but the app is in much worse shape than it used to be. I’m sure there’s still censorship-resistant speech, but I hope Apple doesn’t ban it either.”