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Twitter introduces long-awaited edit button


Twitter said its paid subscribers would be the first in line to use the edit button.

The social media giant announced it would finally introduce the much-anticipated edit button to its interface. Users have long criticized the social network for disallowing a basic functionality many would use to correct spelling mistakes.

“Given that this is our most requested feature to date, we wanted to both update you on our progress and give you a heads up that, even if you’re not in a test group, everyone will still be able to see if a Tweet has been edited,” Twitter wrote in a blog post.

However, the editing function will have certain limits. Likely to avoid a tsunami of misinformation, Twitter said users would be able to edit their tweets in the first 30 minutes following the publication.

Edited tweets will be followed by indicators that the text was modified. Users will have the ability to click the label and see what the original post looked like.

“For context, the time limit and version history play an important role here. They help protect the integrity of the conversation and create a publicly accessible record of what was said,” read the blog post.

While the functionality is a novelty on Twitter, nearly every other social media platform, including Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and Pinterest, has for years offered features allowing users to edit posts.

The company announced that Twitter Blue subscribers would be the first ones to have the privilege of correcting grammar mistakes they’ve made. Twitter Blue is a paid subscription that costs users a monthly fee of $4.99.


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