Twitter’s long-awaited “edit button” is finally shifting its course from rumour to reality. Twitter revealed Tuesday of working on allowing users to modify/edit their tweets after being posted. The idea behind the “long-awaited” feature is that a user will be able to correct any typos or mistakes in a tweet without losing any prior responses, retweets, or likes it has attained.
Twitter will start testing the feature with its premium paid subscription platform Twitter Blue’s subscribers in the “coming months,” the company announced Tuesday.
The company’s vice president of consumer products, Jay Sullivan, in a Tuesday thread, stated that editing has been “the most requested Twitter feature for many years.” Since last year, the corporation has been researching how to develop the function “in a safe manner.”
Sullivan States, “Without things like time limits, controls, and transparency about what has been edited, Edit could be misused to alter the record of the public conversation.” He adds, “Protecting the integrity of that public conversation is our top priority when we approach this work.”
People have been requesting an edit button for so long that it’s become a running gag. When a mistake in a popular tweet is discovered, the typical reaction is “Tweets, but editable.”
However, Twitter’s former CEO, Jack Dorsey, has previously voiced concerns about including such a function. At a talk in 2018, Dorsey expressed that an edit button may allow users to modify the meaning of a tweet after it has been widely shared, and in 2020 he stated Twitter will “probably never” introduce the function.
After Parag Agrawal became CEO, Twitter’s stance on an edit button appears to have evolved. Twitter’s official account said on April fool’s day that it was “working on an edit button.” Although it was misinterpreted as a joke at the time, Twitter product head Michael Sayman later referred to the tweet as the company’s “official statement” on the feature.