Twitter announced Tuesday that it will soon begin experimenting with an edit button, but initially only on its monthly subscription service.
The inability to tweak tweets after they were shut down has been a major complaint among users of the one-to-many messaging platform.
Word that the company would begin testing an editing feature on Twitter Blue came after newly named board member Elon Musk conducted an online survey.
Musk asked in a tweet if people wanted an edit button on Twitter. About 4.4 million votes were cast, of them some 73 percent said “yes”.
“Now that everyone is asking… yes, we’ve been working on the edit feature since last year,” Twitter posted on its communication account.
“No, we didn’t get the idea from a poll,” it added, mocking the Tesla boss.
According to Jay Sullivan, the company’s head of consumer product, “edit” has been the most requested Twitter feature “for many years”.
“People want to be able to fix mistakes, typos and hot texts at this very moment. They currently work around it by deleting and tweeting it,” Sullivan said in a tweet-thread.
The San Francisco-based internet firm said it will begin testing in the coming months to find out when it comes to users tampering 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.
Twitter also announced on Tuesday that Musk would be joining its board, in hopes that the eccentric entrepreneur would elevate the social media company’s prospects — though some observers cautioned of the billionaire’s influence.
Twitter CEO Parag Agarwal called Musk “a passionate believer and intense critic of the service we really need,” while Musk said he looks forward to making “significant improvements to Twitter” soon.
Musk, who also leads the SpaceX venture and is the world’s richest man, announced Monday his purchase of 73.5 million Twitter shares, or 9.2 percent of the company’s common stock.
Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who stepped down as CEO last year, has long opposed the “edit” button, on the grounds that users can change an already widely shared tweet. Meaning or context may change.
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.