Updated · May 20, 2022
Twitter is Finally Set to Introduce Edit Button
Updated · Apr 06, 2022
The company will test the feature, launching it for paying Twitter Blue subscribers.
Edit Button Coming
On Tuesday, the social networking site Twitter confirmed that it has an edit button on the way. The feature will soon be available, exclusively (at first) to subscribers on its premium service, Twitter Blue.
now that everyone is asking…— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) April 5, 2022
yes, we’ve been working on an edit feature since last year!
no, we didn’t get the idea from a poll 😉
we're kicking off testing within @TwitterBlue Labs in the coming months to learn what works, what doesn’t, and what’s possible.
Users of the microblogging service have requested a feature that would allow them to edit already posted tweets for years. For most of that time, the platform showed no inclination to accept those demands, often citing reasons why it did not agree.
Users argued that they should have the ability to erase mistakes, such as typographical errors. Others, such as former CEO Jack Dorsey, considered the feature an avenue to create mischief and dodge accountability.
However, it became clear that the company has been working on the feature since 2021. It added that a test run would begin from the Twitter Blue corner “in the coming months”.
According to Head of Consumer Product Jay Sullivan, the functionality ‘has been the most requested Twitter feature for many years”.
1/ We’ve been exploring how to build an Edit feature in a safe manner since last year and plan to begin testing it within @TwitterBlue Labs in the coming months. Sharing a few more insights on how we’re thinking about Edit 🧵 https://t.co/WbcfkUue8e— Jay Sullivan (@jaysullivan) April 5, 2022
More than 300 million people actively use Twitter every month.
Not Musk’s Influence
It came to light on Monday that Tesla CEO Elon Musk bought a 9.2% stake in Twitter’s stock. Previously, Musk had criticized the company’s direction in terms of free speech.
Before Twitter made the announcement, the billionaire tweeted a poll asking users if they wanted the feature. The result of the poll was overwhelmingly positive, with more than 73% voting “yes”.
Do you want an edit button?— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 5, 2022
The company has clarified that the new top shareholder’s poll had no bearing on its decision.
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