Twitter will launch a widely requested edit button for its paid subscribers in the coming weeks, the social media company said Thursday.
“If you see an edited Tweet it’s because we’re testing the edit button. This is happening and you’ll be okay,” read a tweet by Twitter.
For years, the users of the microblogging website have demanded the ability to edit their tweets after publishing in order to fix errors like typos. Those requests have led to jokes online that Twitter would rather introduce any other product, such as newsletters, before giving users their top-requested feature.
“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 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,” the company said in a statement.
“For this test, Tweets will be able to be edited a few times in the 30 minutes following their publication. Edited Tweets will appear with an icon, timestamp, and label so it’s clear to readers that the original Tweet has been modified. Tapping the label will take viewers to the Tweet’s Edit History, which includes past versions of the Tweet.”
It went on to say: “
Like any new feature, we’re intentionally testing Edit Tweet with a smaller group to help us incorporate feedback while identifying and resolving potential issues. This includes how people might misuse the feature. You can never be too careful. Later this month, we’ll be expanding Edit Tweet access to Twitter Blue subscribers. As part of their subscription, they receive early access to features and help us test them before they come to Twitter. The test will be localized to a single country at first and expand as we learn and observe how people use Edit Tweet. We’ll also be paying close attention to how the feature impacts the way people read, write, and engage with Tweets.”
The users who pay $4.99 (Rs 400) for Twitter’s Blue service.
Nearly every other social media platform, including Meta Platform’s Facebook and Instagram, Reddit and Pinterest, have for years offered features allowing users to edit posts.
Twitter is embroiled in a legal fight with billionaire Elon Musk, who is trying to back out of a $44-billion agreement to buy the San Francisco-based company.
In April, on the same day that Musk disclosed a 9% stake in Twitter, he tweeted a poll asking his millions of followers whether they wanted an edit button. Over 70% said yes.