Twitter has begun internal testing of the Tweet editing feature. This feature will soon be extended to some users of the Twitter Blue subscription service. Social media platform confirmed.
The company revealed earlier this year that it was working on a tool that would allow users to edit their tweets after they’ve been posted. This is the “Most Requested Feature Ever”.
According to the company, tweets can be edited “several times” within the first 30 minutes after they’re published, and edited tweets will display an icon, timestamp, and label to indicate that the original post has been modified.
Users can click to view the edit history of the tweet, which will show past versions.
Twitter says labeling tweets and providing access to post history is important because it “helps protect the integrity of the conversation and create a public record of what was said.” .
In a blog post, the social media company said it will remain in a testing phase with only a small number of users for some time while it analyzes how the feature is being used.
Some critics have warned that it could be exploited by malicious individuals seeking to spread disinformation.
“As with all new features, we intentionally test Tweet edits in small groups so that we can identify and resolve potential issues while incorporating feedback. We can never be too cautious,” Twitter said in a blog post.
“Later this month, we will extend Tweet editing access to Twitter Blue subscribers.
“As part of their subscription, they receive early access to features that help them test them before they hit Twitter. Learn to edit and expand as you observe.
We will also pay close attention to how this feature impacts how people read, write, and engage with Tweets. “
Available in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, Twitter Blue is a monthly subscription service that offers users additional features not available to the general public.