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Twitter Confirms It Is Testing An Edit Button For The Social Media Platform!

by Victoria Marian Belmis / Apr 07, 2022 11:20 AM EDT
Twitter's Tweet on their edit button

Twitter is working on an edit button for the platform. News of the feature was revealed in a tweet from their TwitterComms account last Wednesday.

An option to edit posts has been a highly requested feature since the social network started in 2006. Even with the limited character count, typographical errors can't be avoided, and at
present users would have to delete and repost tweets moments or even an hour after sending them. 

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According to Twitter's vice president of consumer product, Jay Sullivan, the company has been "exploring how to build an Edit feature in a safe manner since last year."

"People want to be able to fix (sometimes embarrassing) mistakes, typos and hot takes in the moment," Sullivan added. However, he explained how an edit feature can be a double-edged sword, as misuse of the function can involve altering "the record of the public conversation." He reiterated that protecting the integrity of that public conversation is Twitter's top priority when they approach the matter.

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News of the feature comes at the same instance that Twitter announced Tesla CEO Elon Musk will join the company's board of directors. Coincidentally, Must tweeted a poll on his personal account, asking the public whether they'd like an edit button to exist on the social media platform. About 70% of his followers answered "yes".

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Parag Agrawal, Twitter's current CEO, retweeted the very message, highlighting that "The consequences of this poll will be important." This is a contrast to the stand of the social network's co-founder and former CEO who note in 2020 that an edit button in the service would "probably never" be added.

Currently, the closest feature users have to an edit button is via Twitter Blue, Twitter's first-ever subscription offering at $3 per month. Subscribers have access to a feature that gives users a few seconds to correct a tweet before it's publicly sent.

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