Twitter has announced that it is developing an edit button that would allow users to make changes to tweets after they have been published.
It comes after Tesla CEO Elon Musk, a new board member, polled his Twitter followers on whether they wanted the functionality.
Many users have requested an edit button for a long time, but there are worries regarding how to implement it.
Twitter has stated that it will begin testing the concept in the coming months. Users that subscribe to Twitter Blue, the platform’s subscription service, gain first access to beta features.
Users might use the edit option to correct typos or errors in a tweet without losing any existing replies, retweets, or likes.
In a thread on Tuesday, Jay Sullivan, the company’s vice president of consumer products, said it has been “the most requested Twitter feature for many years.” He did say, though, that the company was looking at ways to build the feature “safely.”
Without time limitations, controls, and information about what has been modified, “Edit might be used to tamper with the public record,” he stated. “When we approach this work, protecting the integrity of that public conversation is our primary responsibility.”
Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey stated in 2018 that the company would “probably never” introduce the feature due to worries about transparency.
However, Facebook and Instagram, two competing social networking networks, already enable users to modify their posts, and Twitter’s new CEO, Parag Agrawal, appears to be open to the notion.
Elon Musk initiated a poll on Monday after revealing that he owned 9.2% of Twitter, making him the company’s largest shareholder. He was named to the board of directors of Twitter on Tuesday.
Over four million people have already voted in the survey. On April 1, Twitter said that it was testing an edit button, but this was widely misinterpreted as an April Fool’s joke.