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Twitter finally grants users the ‘edit button’ feature they’ve been asking for years

Por: María Isabel Carrasco Cara Chards 5 de abril de 2022

No more typos on your tweets! Twitter will add an “edit button” feature soon!

After years and years of pleas, Twitter users are finally getting an edit button. While it seemed that they would never listen since they were just bringing new features that weren’t precisely responding to the users’ needs the option to edit already written tweets, as it had been available for posts on other social media platforms will finally be a reality.

Forget about all those annoying typos on those well-thought and deep tweets. Did you misspell something? You changed your mind but your tweet was good? Do you want to add something, or do you need to fix some facts without sacrificing those likes, retweets, and comments? That’s not a problem anymore! According to Twitter, this will come shortly after testing the new feature on Twitter Blue users in the upcoming months.

You might want to read this: Elon Musk joins Twitter’s board of directors and promises “major improvements”

Do you want an edit button?

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 5, 2022

Jay Sullivan, Twitter’s VP of consumer product, explained that, as the most requested feature in the past years, the company has been working hard to make it possible in “a safe manner.” What does he mean? According to Sullivan, they want complete transparency “about what has been edited” since edited information can be misused “to alter the record of the public conversation.” In that way, according to him, the company is “protecting the integrity of that public conversation.”

The pleas that became one of the platform’s most common memes and jokes, weren’t ignored completely, as a matter of fact, the possibility of adding the feature had been widely addressed in the past. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s former CEO had declared in 2018, that they would probably never add the feature since they believed the option could lead to users changing completely the meaning of a tweet after being widely shared and seen. Thus, all the safety measures they’ve been working on to make it safe and possible without risking the community.

Now, on April, 1, the company tweeted what many thought was just an April Fool’s prank that read “working on an edit button.” But Michael Sayman, Twitter product lead declared that it had been the official announcement of the feature. A couple of days later, with the announcement that Elon Musk had become the majority shareholder of the company, the tech mogul posted a poll on the platform regarding the edit button. The fact that it was just officially confirmed made many believe it had been Musk’s doing, though Twitter has jokingly confirmed this is something the company has been working on for at least the past year.

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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