So this was not an April Fool’s joke! Twitter is serious about working on the long-awaited ‘Edit’ feature. The social media giant on Tuesday (April 5) announced that it will soon start experimenting with an edit button. The company also said that initially the so-called experiment would be only on its monthly subscription service.
On April 1, Twitter tweeted a message on its official account, saying it was working on the long-awaited “edit” feature. But people thought it was a joke. The company then said, “We cannot confirm or deny but we may edit our statement later.”
On Twitter, users cannot edit posts. In case of mistakes, they either retweet the correction or retweet by deleting the post. The inability to tweak tweets after they have been taken down has been a major complaint among Twitter users.
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In a lengthy thread, the company’s head of consumer product, Jay Sullivan, noted that “edit” has been the most requested Twitter feature for many years.
Sullivan said, “People want to fix (sometimes embarrassingly) mistakes, typos and hot texts at the moment.
The firm said it will begin testing in the coming months to find out what works when it comes to users tinkering with posts once they go live.
Twitter Blue lets people pay a monthly subscription fee of $3 to access exclusive content or features. Blue is available on the Twitter application for Apple or Android smartphones in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, according to the company.
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The debate intensified when Tesla boss Elon Musk, who recently joined Twitter’s board, conducted an online poll. Musk asked in a tweet if people wanted an edit button. About 4.4 million votes were cast, of them some 73 percent said “yes”.
The latest post from Twitter’s communications account stated that “now that everyone is asking… yes, we’ve been working on an editing feature since last year”. “No, we didn’t get this idea from a poll,” mocking Musk.
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What are the disadvantages of the ‘Edit’ button?
There are also some cons, with Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who stepped down as CEO last year, long opposed to an “edit” button, on the grounds that users can change a tweet. What was already widely shared was changing it. Meaning or context.
Sullivan addressed those concerns in his posts. “Without things like deadlines, control and transparency about what has been edited, edits can be misused to alter the record of public conversations,” he said, adding that the company’s top priority is “of that public conversation.” integrity is to be protected.”
He added that the “Edit” feature will “take time” to develop and the company will “actively solicit input and counter-thinking” ahead of its launch.