After years of pleading from its userbase, Twitter is finally rolling out an ‘edit tweet’ function, the company revealed in a blog postOn Thursday But ordinary users do not need to apply.
“After publication, tweets can be edited several times.,” Twitter explained in the post announcing the new feature, adding that edited tweets would be clearly marked with an “icon, timestamp, and label so it’s clear to readers tag the original tweet has been modified.” The label will include a Wikipedia-style ‘edit history’ depicting all previous versions so as to “Protect the integrity and content of conversations,” the platform reassured users.
Twitter has decided to keep the edit functionality under lock and keys for the moment, despite all of the celebrations that might follow its introduction. Currently under testing with a “Small group” to “Early issues available,” the tweet-editing function will be rolled out to “Some Twitter Blue subscribers” later in the month. “At first, the test will only be available in one country. As we gain more information and see how people use Edit Tweet, it will expand.,” the platform explained, insisting “you can never be too careful” with such a feature.
Jay Sullivan, Twitter’s vice president of consumer products, admitted that Twitter users had been calling for an editor button since years. While other major social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube allow the editing of content after it’s posted, Twitter founder and ex-CEO Jack Dorsey was reportedly opposed to the idea, and the company remains concerned about “Missbrauch.”
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Twitter Blue subscribers pay $4.99 per month for ‘perks’, including the ability to recall tweets, organize favorite content into ‘Collections’, and use NFTs as profile images. This service was first offered by Twitter in March 2013. The subscription price has been increased to $2.99.
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