New Delhi: Microblogging site Twitter Thursday announced that it was testing the much-awaited ‘edit’ button that will let users make changes to their published tweets. But the feature will only be available to paid subscribers for now.
The edit button, however, will not be available in India immediately.
“It’s true: edit tweet is being tested by our team internally. The test will then be initially expanded to Twitter Blue subscribers in the coming weeks,” the platform said in a statement.
Calling it the “most requested feature to date”, Twitter said anyone using the platform will be able to see when a tweet has been edited, even though only paid subscribers can avail of this feature.
It will allow users to make changes to their tweets for up to 30 minutes after publishing. Tweets can be edited for fixing typos, adding missed tags, etc.
“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,” the statement added.
Twitter believes that giving the “time limit and version history” in which edits were made will play an important role in helping “protect the integrity of the conversation and create a publicly accessible record of what was said”.
The platform also said that it was testing the feature in a small group to get feedback and resolve any issue, including how it could be misused.
“Later this month, we’ll be expanding edit tweet access to Twitter Blue subscribers. As part of their subscription, they receive early access to features and help us test them before they come to Twitter. The test will be localized to a single country at first and expand as we learn and observe how people use edit tweet,” the statement further said.