Twitter to begin letting users edit tweets

Twitter is finally letting its users edit tweets in the coming months, with a trial expected to launch soon.

The long awaited feature was called “the most requested Twitter feature for many years,” by the company’s head of consumer products Jay Sullivan, in a tweet.

It comes just days after tech guru Elon Musk became the company’s largest shareholder and joined the company board after questioning the social media platform’s commitment to free speech.

Musk posted a poll on the social media platform on the topic of an edit button. The poll had over 4 million votes with over 70% of users responding in favour of the feature.

Twitter chief executive officer Parag Agrawal asked users to “vote carefully” on Monday, though the company on Tuesday tweeted that it did not get the idea for the edit button from the poll.

Sullivan claimed the feature will take time to fine tune as “without things like time limits, controls, and transparency about what has been edited, Edit could be misused to alter the record of the public conversation”.

The company will actively seek “input and adversarial thinking in advance of launching Edit,” he tweeted.

It will launch under the platform’s premium subscription service Twitter Blue Labs, as the company learns “what works, what doesn’t, and what’s possible.”

Twitter Blue members get exclusive access to premium features and app customisations for a monthly subscription.

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