According to Bloomberg, a feature that has been the subject of internal debate for years, the edit button is finally being introduced by Twitter for subscribers that pay $4.99 per month.
For users who pay $4.99 per month for a “Twitter Blue” subscription, Twitter is finally introducing an edit button after years of pleading and internal discussion.
Users can edit tweets using the “Edit Tweet” option up to 30 minutes after they are initially published. Tweets that have been edited will have a label that readers can click to see the changes.
According to Bloomberg, which cited a post on the Twitter blog, the company is now testing the tool among a small sample of users to resolve any potential problems. The feature will be available in the coming weeks, according to the company.
“It’s true: Edit Tweet is being tested by our team internally. The test will then be initially expanded to Twitter Blue subscribers in the coming weeks. Given that this is our most requested feature to date, we wanted to both update you on our progress and give you and 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.” – Twitter
According to Bloomberg, the feature has been the subject of internal debate for years. Some have expressed fear that it may be abused by those looking to spread content quickly, only to change the content of a message after it has been retweeted.
According to Twitter, the trial has only been localised for one nation and will be expanded as the company “learns and observes” how users interact with the feature.” We’ll also be paying close attention to how the feature impacts the way people read, write, and engage with Tweets.”
Former CEO Jack Dorsey said as recently as January 2020 that an edit button was highly unlikely, but it was so widely requested that the company never made a definitive call on whether it would launch something.
That debate snowballed earlier this year when Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk took a large ownership stake in the company, then polled his followers on whether they wanted an edit button. The majority of those who voted said yes. -Bloomberg
Following the April poll, Twitter acknowledged that the feature had been under internal test and that development had begun even before Musk’s poll.
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