Twitter starts testing the edit button, will launch it this month for paid users

Twitter starts testing the edit button, will launch it this month for paid users
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  • The much-awaited edit button has finally started rolling out on Twitter.
  • Twitter has started testing the edit button and will soon allow users to edit their tweets.
  • The company has said that it will roll out the feature to Twitter Blue subscribers later this month.
If we had to guess what the most requested feature on Twitter is, we would probably say it’s the ability to edit tweets. Over four months after confirming it is working on an edit button, social media giant Twitter has finally started rolling out the much-awaited feature.

Twitter has confirmed in a tweet that it has started testing the edit button and users will now be able to see edited tweets.

“if you see an edited Tweet it's because we're testing the edit button. this is happening and you'll be okay,” Twitter said in its tweet.

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An edit button was one of the features Tesla cofounder Elon Musk had asked users if they wanted, soon after Musk revealed in a regulatory filing that he hold a 9.2% stake in the platform. Musk had conducted a poll which head received over 4.4 million votes and an overwhelming 73.6% of the users had said that they wanted an edit button.

What is an edit button?

If you have ever made a typo or a mistake while tweeting, you may have wished for a way to correct it. The edit button is the answer to this issue and will allow you to edit your tweets easily.


Twitter starts testing the edit button, will launch it this month for paid users
An edited tweet will show a label with the timestamp.Twitter

At present, users will get 30 minutes to edit their tweet once it has been published. To prevent misuse, Twitter has said that an icon will be added to tweets to indicate that they have been edited. In addition to this, users will be able to click on the label to view the edit history and the past versions of the tweet.

“For context, 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,” Twitter said in its blog post.

Who will be able to edit tweets?

Twitter has said that the edit button will be available to Twitter Blue users, the company’s subscription service. However, this feature will not be limited to paid users and regular users will be able to use the feature later.

“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,” Twitter said.

“We’ll also be paying close attention to how the feature impacts the way people read, write, and engage with Tweets,” the company added.


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