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It's Official: Twitter Is Finally Testing An "Edit Button" Following Huge Demand

Will the much-hyped "edit button" bring calm or chaos to Twitter? The tech giant is hoping to find out.

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Tom Hale

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clockSep 1 2022, 14:34 UTC
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This is not a false alarm: Twitter has officially announced it will start testing an "edit button" this month, an update that they describe as their "most requested feature to date." Tweets will be able to be edited a few times in the 30 minutes after they're posted, as per the company's announcement. 

Once a tweet has been edited, it will be given an icon and a timestamp to notify others that the original content has been modified. It will also feature a label that will allow people to see the Tweet’s Edit History, which includes past versions of the Tweet.

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The "Edit Tweet" feature is currently being tested out by their internal team and will be rolled out to paying subscribers of Twitter Blue later this month. Eventually, the test will be expanded to a single country so Twitter can examine how people use the edit button on a large scale.

"Like any new feature, we’re intentionally testing Edit Tweet with a smaller group to help us incorporate feedback while identifying and resolving potential issues. This includes how people might misuse the feature. You can never be too careful," Twitter said in a blog post on September 1.

"We’ll also be paying close attention to how the feature impacts the way people read, write, and engage with Tweets," the tech giant added.


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