Twitter is working on an edit button that would allow users to correct typos and mistakes in posts, the company has confirmed days after its largest shareholder, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, polled his followers about the feature.
Yes, we’ve been working on an editing feature since last year,” the social media giant tweeted early Wednesday, adding that its earlier April 1 tweet announcing ongoing work on the feature was no hoax.
The company said it didn’t come up with the idea “from a poll,” and hinted at Mr. Musk’s Monday tweet asking if his followers “wanted an edit button.”
Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s relatively new boss, had quoted Mr Musk’s tweet and suggested changes could be on the way, adding that the poll’s aftermath “will be important”.
“Please vote carefully,” Mr Agrawal said.
The latest statement comes after SpaceX and Tesla CEO Mr Musk bought a large stake of nearly 10 percent in Twitter and will join the company’s board of directors.
Twitter said it will be testing the editing feature in Twitter Blue, its paid subscription service, in the coming months to “learn what works, what doesn’t, and what’s possible.”
The majority of Mr Musk’s poll respondents — about 74 percent — voted “yes” for an edit button.
But Twitter said on Wednesday that it didn’t get the idea for an edit button from the poll and had been working on the feature since last year.
Jay Sullivan, Twitter’s head of consumer products, said the company is aware the feature “could be misused to alter the recording of public conversation.”
“Protecting the integrity of public conversations is our top priority as we approach this work,” Mr. Sullivan said.
He added that the company will “take its time” and actively seek input and adversarial thinking before rolling out the feature.
“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 in the moment. They are currently bypassing this by deleting and retweeting,” Mr. Sullivan said.
“We will be approaching this feature with care and deliberation and we will share updates as we proceed,” he added.
The feature remains controversial among users of the platform as it can cause confusion when a widely shared tweet is later edited to contain conflicting information.
In 2020, Twitter co-founder and then-boss Jack Dorsey dismissed calls for an edit button, saying “we probably never will”.
He expressed concerns about how such a feature would work if content was retweeted, as it could completely change the meaning of what was initially shared.
While there were considerations for a one-minute or 30-second window to allow people to fix misspellings or broken links, he said the company might not do so.
https://www.independent.ie/news/twitter-working-on-an-edit-button-that-would-allow-users-to-fix-typos-and-errors-in-posts-41525404.html Twitter is working on an edit button that will allow users to correct typos and errors in posts