Tech

Twitter’s long-awaited Edit button is being tested

Amidst concerns.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Sep 23, 2022

One feature that Twitter has not allowed users access to has been the Edit button. This has long been a core tenet of Twitter’s platform: Once a tweet is out, you can only delete it, but you can’t edit it. This has been important, especially as we now live in an age where social media platforms function as news sources, and a lot of news could be misconstrued online.

 

Earlier in September, the social media platform shared that it will launch the highly requested Edit button. However, it will only be available to paid subscribers and not everyone on the platform. People who are subscribed to Twitter Blue for the price of $4.99 per month will very soon be able to edit their tweets for 30 minutes after publishing it.

 

In a blog post titled, “This is a test of Twitter’s new Edit Tweet feature. This is only a test,” the company shared:

“Edit Tweet is a feature that lets people make changes to their Tweet after it’s been published. Think of it as a short period of time to do things like fix typos, add missed tags, and more. 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.”

 

The team also addressed major concerns that a lot of users had about the Edit button by adding: “The time limit and version history play an important role here. They help protect the integrity of the conversation and create a publicly accessible record of what was said.”

 

Every other social media platform, ranging from Meta’s Instagram and Facebook to Pinterest and Reddit have offered their users the option to edit posts indefinitely for years now. But the spread of misinformation and fake news has halted the introduction of such a feature, especially while the company is in the midst of a legal fight with billionaire Elon Musk.

 

The feature will be rolled out in the next couple of weeks as part of a focus group testing in order for the company to assess whether or not to offer the option to all its subscribers.

 

As for other app updates, TikTok’s new AI is creating bizarre green screen backgrounds and this invite-only app is trending (and allows users to edit).

 

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