It looks like there is some good news your way if you are a Twitter user. Twitter users have been requesting an edit button for several years now. In fact, it also became a meme.
However, it looks like the distant dream of an edit button on Twitter will soon become a reality.
Recently, Twitter announced that it is working on allowing users to edit tweets after they have posted them. Once the edit button is introduced, users will be able to correct typos or other errors in a tweet, saving them the trouble of tweeting again with rectified text.
Twitter said that it will start testing the edit button feature with Twitter Blue subscribers in the upcoming months.
now that everyone is asking…
yes, we’ve been working on an edit feature since last year!
no, we didn’t get the idea from a poll 😉
we’re kicking off testing within @TwitterBlue Labs in the coming months to learn what works, what doesn’t, and what’s possible.
— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) April 5, 2022
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Will Twitter finally introduce the edit button?
Twitter users have been requesting an edit button for a while now. Jay Sullivan, Vice President of consumer products, said that editing tweets is “the most requested feature” for several years. He further added that Twitter is looking for ways to build this feature in a “safe manner” since 2021.
Sullivan said that there are a few ways in which the editing feature can be misused. This is why it is important to consider controls, time limits, and transparency to understand what has been edited.
At the moment, safeguarding the integrity of public conversations is Twitter’s top priority while building the edit button.
Concerns with the edit button
While the calls to include an edit button have been echoing on the internet for many years, Twitter’s former CEO Jack Dorsey was not inclined toward adding the editing feature.
Dorsey said that the edit button will let users change the meaning and the context of a tweet after it has been widely shared. Besides, in 2020, Dorsey had said that we might never see the edit button on the platform.
There have been similar concerns revolving around the edit button. However, multiple leading platforms including Instagram, Medium, and Facebook have successfully implemented the edit feature, allowing users to edit posts with minimal misuse.
Having said that, there have been a few cases in which the editing functionality was misused.
Alex Stamos, former Chief Security Officer of Meta said that Facebook’s editing function has been abused in the past, on one instance to help a crypto scam.
How will things shape up under Parag Agarwal?
Parag Agarwal became the new CEO of Twitter recently. The company’s opinion on the edit button is expected to change under Parag.
Twitter’s official account said that it is “working on an edit button” on April 1st. While many say that it was merely an April Fool’s joke, the firm’s Product Lead, Michael Sayman pointed out that the tweet was Twitter’s “official statement” on the edit feature.
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