Twitter Will Soon Add an “Edit Button” Feature To Its Platform, According to a Statement

Twitter - Marten Bjork via Unsplash
Twitter - Marten Bjork via Unsplash

Twitter is testing a new edit button feature, according to a company statement on Tuesday. 

The update has been one of the most demanded changes to the social platform for more than a decade. At the moment, to fix a typo in a tweet, people have to delete the publication and resend a new tweet instead, limiting the reach of the tweet to other users. 

“Edit has been the most requested Twitter feature for many years. People want to be able to fix (sometimes embarrassing) mistakes, typos and hot takes in the moment,” tweeted Jay Sullivan, Twitter’s vice president of consumer product.

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The decision came on the same day as Twitter announced that the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX will be joining Twitter’s board of directors. The richest man in the world secured a 9.2% stake in Twitter, according to a regulatory filing. Musk tweeted a poll to his followers asking them if Twitter should add an edit feature. 

Parag Agrawal, twitter’s current CEO retweeted the poll saying “The consequences of this poll will be important.”

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

In Tuesday’s announcement, Sullivan noted the determinants of the edit button, arguing that it could increase the amount of misleading content on the platform. 

“Protecting the integrity of that public conversation is our top priority when we approach this work,” Sullivan tweeted. “Therefore, it will take time and we will be actively seeking input and adversarial thinking in advance of launching Edit.”

Twitter Blue users who pay a monthly $3 subscription already have the edit feature, giving them the possibility to edit a tweet before they share it on the platform. 

Twitter shares closed up more than 2% on Tuesday, making the social networking company one of the best-performing tech stocks. The surge marks a 27% jump on Monday, following the announcement of Musk’s share purchase.