It’s a feature that Twitter users have been requesting for so long that it’s become a meme, but now the mythical “edit button” is becoming a reality. Twitter has announced that it is working to allow users to edit their tweets after posting them. The idea is that you’ll be able to fix any typos or mistakes in a tweet without sacrificing any replies, retweets, or likes you’ve already racked up. Twitter plans to start testing the feature with Twitter Blue subscribers in “the next few months.” the company said on Tuesday.
Jay Sullivan, the company’s vice president of consumer products, said editing has been “the most requested Twitter feature for many years.” in a thread on tuesday. The company has been researching how to build the feature “safely” since last year.
“Without things like time limits, controls, and transparency about what has been edited, Edit could be misused to alter the record of public conversation.” he said. “Protecting the integrity of that public conversation is our top priority as we tackle this job.”
3/ Without things like time limits, controls, and transparency about what has been edited, Edit could be misused to alter the public conversation record. Protecting the integrity of that public conversation is our top priority as we tackle this work.
— Jay Sullivan (@jaysullivan) April 5, 2022
People have been asking for an edit button for so long that it’s become something of a running joke. “Tweets, but editable” has become the standard response to discovering a typo in a popular tweet. But former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been reluctant to add such a feature in the past. During a talk in 2018Dorsey expressed concern that an edit button could allow users to change the meaning of a tweet after it has been widely shared, saying in 2020 that Twitter “probably never” add feature.
Concerns like these have been constantly raised around requests for an edit button. But like my colleague Casey Newton argued in 2017Many other platforms, including Facebook, Medium and Instagram, already allow users to edit their posts, and the features have not been accompanied by widespread abuse. But that doesn’t mean the abuse is unheard of. According Former Meta Security Chief Alex StamosFacebook’s editing feature has been abused in the past, in one case to aid a cryptocurrency scam.
Twitter’s opinion of an edit button appears to have changed after Parag Agrawal became CEO. On April 1, the annual day of corporate lies, the official Twitter account said it was “working on an edit button.Although it was taken as a joke at the time, Twitter product lead Michael Sayman later pointed out that the tweet was from the company.official statement” in the function.
Days later, after it became known that Elon Musk had bought a 9.2 percent stake in the companythe first significant tweet from the CEO of Tesla was to poll your followers on whether Twitter should add an edit button. 73.4 percent were in favor.
The company already has an undo feature that allows you to retrieve a tweet before you send it, though it’s only available for Twitter Blue subscribers.