Twitter confirms work has started on the edit button and the feature is being tested within the premium service | UK News
Twitter has confirmed that it is working on an edit button and will be testing it in the coming months.
In a tweet posted by the social media giant’s communications account, the company said it had been developing the feature since last year.
The announcement came after billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, Twitter’s largest single shareholder, sent a survey on the platform Ask users if they want an edit button.
More than 4.4 million people responded, with 73.6% voting in favor of the feature and 26.4% voting against.
“Now that everyone’s asking… yes we’ve been working on an editing feature for the past year!” Twitter said.
“No, we didn’t get the idea from a poll we’ll be testing in @TwitterBlue Labs over the coming months to learn what’s working, what’s not, and what’s possible.”
Twitter Blue, the platform’s premium monthly subscription service, operates in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, with users paying to access premium features and app customizations.
Currently, if a user wants to fix a tweet, they must delete it, losing any replies, retweets, or likes they have received, and repost it.
The new feature allows users to make changes without losing interaction data.
“Edit could be abused” without proper controls
The company’s head of consumer product, Jay Sullivan, said it was the “most requested Twitter feature for many years.”
“People want to be able to fix (sometimes embarrassing) mistakes, typos and hot takes right away,” he added.
However, concerns have been raised about how the editing feature might work and could be “abused”.
Mr Sullivan said: “Without things like timelines, controls and transparency into what was edited, Edit could be abused to alter the recording of the public conversation.
“Protecting the integrity of this public conversation is our top priority as we approach this work.”
He added that before the feature launches, Twitter will be “actively seeking input and opposing thinking.”
“We will be approaching this feature with care and deliberation and we will share updates as we proceed,” he tweeted.
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“This is just one feature we’re exploring as we work to give people more choice and control over their Twitter experience, encourage healthy conversations, and help people feel more comfortable on Twitter.”
On April Fool’s Day, the company’s communications account said it was working on an edit button, but many users thought it was a joke.