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Twitter confirms edit button test after Elon Musk’s subscriber poll

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Twitter is testing an edit button, the company announced on Tuesday.

This feature has been one of the most requested changes to the social networking service for over a decade. Currently, to fix a typo in a tweet, users must delete it and resubmit the tweet, which can limit who sees it.

“Edit has been the most requested Twitter feature for many years. People want to be able to fix (sometimes embarrassing) mistakes, typos, and snapshots,” tweeted Jay Sullivan, VP of Consumer Products. from Twitter.

The move also comes on the same day Twitter announced that Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk would join the company’s board of directors. On Monday, after his 9.2% stake in Twitter was disclosed through a regulatory filing, Musk tweeted out a poll to his followers asking if Twitter should add an edit button.

This message was retweeted by Parag Agrawalthe current CEO of Twitter, who added: “The consequences of this poll will be significant.”

In 2020, Twitter co-founder and then-CEO Jack Dorsey said the company would “probably never” add an edit button to its service.

In Tuesday’s announcement, Sullivan pointed to the edit button’s potential to increase the amount of misleading content on Twitter.

“Protecting the integrity of this public conversation is our top priority as we approach this work,” Sullivan tweeted. “Therefore, it will take time and we will actively seek feedback and conflicting thinking before launching Edit.”

Subscribers to Twitter Blue, a $3 per month subscription, currently have access to a feature that gives users seconds to correct a tweet before it goes public.

Twitter shares ended up more than 2% on Tuesday, making it one of the best performing tech stocks. That move tops out at 27% on Monday after the announcement of Musk’s stock purchase.


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