Twitter has said it is working on an edit button, but denied that the idea came from the company’s new largest stakeholder, Elon Musk.
The social media giant last night tweeted “We’ve been working on an editing feature for the last year,” adding, alongside a winking emoji, “We didn’t get the idea from a survey.”
News that the company was working on the new feature immediately sparked rumors that it was Musk’s idea. The Tesla billionaire conducted a Twitter poll on the question yesterday, shortly after announcing that he would be joining the Twitter board.
An editing function has long been “a coveted feature on the site to correct typos or embarrassing mistakes,” The guard reported. Currently, users are forced to “deal by deleting and reposting the tweet.”
Twitter said it is “starting testing” with a selection of people who have signed up for the company’s subscription product — Twitter Blue — in the coming months.
Jay Sullivan, Head of Consumer Product at the social media giant, tweeted: “Editing has been the most requested Twitter feature for many years. People want to be able to fix (sometimes embarrassing) mistakes, typos, and hot takes instantly.
“Without things like time limits, controls and transparency into what was edited, Edit could be abused to change the public conversation record,” he said. “Protecting the integrity of this public conversation is our top priority as we approach this work.”
Sullivan’s intervention speaks to long-standing concerns about “running” an editing feature on the site, where tweets often go viral with hundreds of thousands of retweets BBC called. The feature is expected to allow users to add to or change tweets “without losing any replies, retweets, or likes they’ve already received.”
Former CEO Jack Dorsey has been “reluctant to add such a feature in the past” The edge reported, citing concerns that it “could allow users to change the meaning of a tweet after it’s been widely shared.” In 2020 he said during a Wired Q&A video that the company would add the “probably never” feature.
The company specifically stated that it was working on the plan before Musk joined the board, said James Clayton, technology reporter for BBC North America. “But it certainly looks like the Tesla boss pushed the process forward.”
The Musk Effect
Twitter announced yesterday that Musk will join its board of directors a day after the richest person in the world became its largest shareholder, acquiring a 9.2% stake for $2.9 billion (£2.2 billion). Twitter boss Parag Agrawal had urged users to “carefully vote” in a poll conducted by the Tesla magnate asking whether users wanted an editing feature.
“Twitter polls are notoriously unscientific,” said the BBC’s Clayton, “yet Musk seems to make real-life decisions based on their results.” His poll found that 73.6% of respondents were in favor of adding an editing option.
The social media network has “shown a somewhat novel willingness to shape the platform based on user feedback,” TechCrunch said: “So it will be interesting to see what happens when the test starts”.
“Some Twitter power users have been clamoring for an edit tweet button for years,” the site added, “while others have serious concerns about making misinformation and harassment even more difficult to manage on a social network that’s still beset with serious problems.” “.
Regardless of whether the feature rolls out globally, Musk’s investment in Twitter has “put him in an influential position at one of the most-watched news sources in the world.” financial times reported.
“Tech billionaires have used their wealth to make their mark in the news business before,” the paper said Amazon founder Jeff Bezos Acquired The Washington Post and Salesforce’s Marc Benioff Acquired Time Magazine in 2018.
But “no one does it like Elon Musk,” the paper said. He “has always made a virtue of having a highly disruptive presence in every company he is involved in” and “comes with a strongly held, technocratic set of views that have garnered him many critics.”
Taking a starring role on Twitter’s board means Musk has “gained an influential voice on a platform that helped define his disruptive brand.”
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