Twitter has announced plans to incorporate ‘edit’ button’ in an effort to test modified Tweets.
After years of users requesting this feature, Twitter is now testing modified tweets.
The company tweeted last Thursday that edited tweets are being tested internally and that the feature would be expanded to subscribers of its paid Twitter Blue service later this month.
Twitter has been testing an edit button for the past year and the company also confirmed, “no, we didn’t get the idea from a poll.” Many people have been asking for years that Twitter implements an edit button, though others raise concerns. Safety experts point out that content can go viral and be manipulated to include harassment or misinformation if there is no edit button.
In this test, tweets will be able to be edited a few times for up to 30 minutes after they are first posted. The facility is aimed at fixing “gaffes” or mistakes in messages that people want to edit.
Tweets will be labelled with an icon so that users know they have been edited. Users will also be able to see the past versions of a tweet by clicking on its edit history.
Twitter also confirmed the progress of the testing phase stating, “we’re testing out Edit Tweet with a smaller group to make sure that it works well for them and to find any usage issues. This includes any misuse of that feature as well.”