Elon Musk has just acquired shares in Twitter, and immediately, the platform is getting a much-requested feature; an edit button! However, the company wants you to believe the new shareholder had nothing to do with the new feature.
Anybody that has operated a Twitter account can easily tell you the most sought-after feature. Since time immemorial, Twitter users have clamored for the ability to edit their posts after tapping the send button. But Twitter had steadfastly refused to yield to this particular demand. Instead, it added features like Spaces, Fleets (which is no more), quoted replies, etc. It even doubled the character count.
However, a new wind of change is blowing as Twitter has announced it is working on an edit button. This means the platform is finally ready to rescue us from typos. Previously, if you thought a tweet you already sent did not look right, you could only fix it by sacrificing any retweets and likes you might have accumulated as the only option was to delete it.
Of course, some Twitter users are more privileged, which you can be too by subscribing to Twitter Blue. The social media platform will start testing the feature with the paying customer first.
Twitter claims it is simply coincidental that the feature is coming after Elon Musk, one of the most influential users came on board as a shareholder. He reportedly bought more than 9 percent of the company. The billionaire CEO wasted no time conducting a poll on whether Twitter should add an edit button. 73 percent were in favor. It was not the first time Musk had polled for an opinion on his timeline. He famously asked if he should sell some of his shares in Tesla and promised to abide by the result.
However, Twitter claims it has been working on the features for months. It even used the April 1st opportunity that corporate entities tell lies to announce the edit button was on its way.
Meanwhile, the immediate past CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, was against allowing Twitter users to edit their posts. He explained that some mischievous characters would be able to change their tweets after they have been widely shared and agreed with. It could be exploited to make an idea seem supported to push an agenda. Dorsey even said the button would probably never come.
However, it seems the feelings about an edit button have changed after Parag Agrawal became CEO last year. Vice president of consumer product, Jay Sullivan, said in a Twitter thread that while editing tweets has always ranked high on the list of user demands, the company had been working on the feature since last year. Sullivan revealed Twitter had been looking at how to implement the feature in a safe manner.
Other social media platforms have implemented an edit feature, including Facebook, Medium, and Instagram. While abuse of the feature is not as widespread, it has been misused several times, including to give credibility to a crypto scam. “Without things like time limits, controls, and transparency about what has been edited, Edit could be misused to alter the record of the public conversation. Protecting the integrity of that public conversation is our top priority when we approach this work.”