Twitter has announced it is currently testing an edit option – one of the most frequently requested features.
if you see an edited Tweet it’s because we’re testing the edit button
this is happening and you’ll be okay
— Twitter (@Twitter) September 1, 2022
While many folks complain about having to delete a tweet once they spot a typo or mistake, others say an edit button could be misused to spread misinformation.
From the Washington Post:
Some experts warned that the edit button could be used to spread misinformation, or to edit a tweet that has already been shared widely, changing it into a different message.
Twitter will add a label to edited tweets that will allow users to click in and see the history of the tweet and its changes.
The feature has other limitations. Tweets can only be edited during the first 30 minutes after they are posted, and they will be labeled with an icon to let others know the tweet has been changed.
While the beta testing is currently going on via Twitter employees, the new service is expected to be made available soon to subscribers of Twitter Blue, the company’s premium service.
More from the Twitter blog:
For this test, Tweets will be able to be edited a few times in the 30 minutes following their publication.
Edited Tweets will appear with an icon, timestamp, and label so it’s clear to readers that the original Tweet has been modified. Tapping the label will take viewers to the Tweet’s Edit History, which includes past versions of the Tweet.
No word on when the new edit option might be available to regular users.
Read the full report here.
The social media company announced Thursday that employees internally were testing the ability to edit a tweet shortly after its posted. The feature will expand later this month to subscribers of Twitter’s premium service, called Twitter Blue.https://t.co/xYCQ8O3cpI
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) September 1, 2022
Cannot wait for someone to write “I support trans people,” get a load of trans people to retweet it, and then edit it to “trans people should be genocided.” It’ll happen day one.
— Katelyn Burns (@transscribe) September 1, 2022