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Twitter working on edit button but says idea did not come from Elon Musk

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Twitter has confirmed it has been working on an edit button, but denied the idea came after the company’s new largest shareholder, Elon Musk, held a poll on it.

For years, editing a tweet already published has been a sought after feature on the site, to correct typos or embarrassing mistakes. Currently people work around it by deleting and reposting the tweet.

In a post on Tuesday, Twitter said it had been working on an edit button since 2021 and would test out the new feature with a selection of people signed up for company’s subscription product – Twitter Blue – in the coming months.

In a video to go with the announcement, the edit button sits with other options for tweets, such as “delete tweet”, however the company has not indicated yet what an edited tweet would look like on the site. Twitter said it was still developing the tool.

The company’s head of product, Jay Sullivan, said it had been the most requested feature for many years but warned a potential edit button could be misused without appropriate controls.

For example, after a tweet goes viral, the person could change the entire contents of the tweet. Sullivan said “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”.

“Protecting the integrity of that public conversation is our top priority…

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2022-04-06 04:24:03

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