Twitter Gives in to Requests, Begins Testing Edit Button

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Sep 02, 2022

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Users will soon start seeing edited tweets on their timelines, the social media company revealed on Thursday.

Nearly Here

Twitter users have been clamoring for an edit button on the app forever. Now, it looks like they will finally get their prayers answered. On Thursday, the social network said it is actively testing its “most requested feature” and will introduce it within months.

“This is happening and you’ll be okay,” the company confirmed.

In a blog post posted later the same day, Twitter revealed that it would first test the feature internally before expanding it to premium Twitter Blue subscribers.

“Given that this is our most requested feature to date, we wanted to both update you on our progress and give you a heads up that, even if you’re not in a test group, everyone will still be able to see if a Tweet has been edited,” the company disclosed.

The edit button will initially roll out to users in New Zealand before subsequently expanding to Australia, Canada, and the United States.

Twitter first announced it was testing the feature in April, on the same day it revealed Elon Musk would join its board. That arc has seen countless twists and turns, with the billionaire agreeing and then terminating a deal to take over the company. It has since begun a legal battle with Musk.

While there was a massive call for an edit button (offered by rivals like Facebook), there have also been concerns surrounding how it could be misused. In its blog post, Twitter addressed the concerns.

“Like any new feature, we’re intentionally testing Edit Tweet with a smaller group to help us incorporate feedback while identifying and resolving potential issues,” it said. “This includes how people might misuse the feature.”

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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