Social media platform to deploy the tool to paying users


Twitter announced Thursday it tests out what is perhaps its most anticipated feature: an edit button.

The social media platform said it would begin testing an “Edit Tweet” feature internally, before rolling it out in the coming weeks to users of Twitter’s paid version, Twitter Blue, which costs $4.99 per month in the USA

“Since this is our most requested feature yet, we want to make sure we get it right,” Twitter spokesperson Lauren Alexander wrote in an email to USA TODAY. “After testing, we hope to quickly understand how this new feature is used and its impact on how people read and write Tweets.”

Twitter hopes the edit feature will relieve the pressure of tweeting, especially for users who don’t tweet as often, according to Jay Sullivan, Twitter’s general manager of consumer products and revenue.

Although the feature is only available to Twitter Blue subscribers when it first rolls out, all Twitter users will be able to see if a tweet has been edited, according to Twitter’s announcement.

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How “edit tweet” will work

Users can edit their tweet multiple times within a 30-minute window after it was first posted. Tweets that have been edited will be easily identified by an icon, timestamp and label, Twitter said. Tapping on the label will allow users to view previous versions of the tweet.

Twitter announced on Thursday the deployment of an “Edit Tweet” function.

Twitter said the time limit and version history components were essential to “help protect the integrity of the conversation and create a publicly available record of what was said.”

The company said it would track any “misuse” of the feature as it rolls out.

The much-requested editing feature has seen buzz rise amid Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s doomed deal to acquire Twitter. He had been an advocate of an editing feature.

Twitter first announced the feature film was released in April.

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Contributor: Terry Collins, USA TODAY

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Twitter’s edit button is being tested, posting for Twitter Blue users


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