Twitter is finally about ready to give the world an “Edit Tweet” function — which users have been requesting for years. In a blog post today (September 1), the company said Edit Tweet is currently being tested by their internal teams. In the coming weeks, the test will expand initially to Twitter Blue (its $4.99 per month service that has enhanced features) subscribers. Those who aren’t in the test group will still be able to see if a Tweet has been edited.
well well well, look what we’ve been testing… pic.twitter.com/a8fND4xqMM— Twitter Blue (@TwitterBlue) September 1, 2022
In the test, users will be allowed to edit tweets a few times within a 30-minute window after they’re posted. Edited tweets will appear with an icon, timestamp and label. Twitter want it to be “clear to readers that the original Tweet has been modified,” the company said. Tapping the label will take viewers to the tweet’s Edit History, showing past versions of the post. The time limit and version history help protect the integrity of the conversation and create a publicly accessible record of what was said. This will allow users to make changes to their Tweets, such as typos and missed tags, after they’ve been published.
if you see an edited Tweet it's because we're testing the edit button— Twitter (@Twitter) September 1, 2022
this is happening and you'll be okay
“We’re hoping that, with the availability of Edit Tweet, Tweeting will feel more approachable and less stressful,” the company said. “You should be able to participate in the conversation in a way that makes sense to you, and we’ll keep working on ways that make it feel effortless to do just that.”
The company said it is intentionally testing Edit Tweet with a smaller group of users “to help us incorporate feedback while identifying and resolving potential issues,” including how people “might misuse the feature. You can never be too careful.”
Many users voiced their concerns in the comments. Some were worried about manipulation occurring over edited tweets. One user used this example: “Cannot wait for someone to write ‘I support trans people,’ get a load of trans people to retweet it, and then edit it to ‘trans people should be genocided.’ It’ll happen day one.”
Cannot wait for someone to write “I support trans people,” get a load of trans people to retweet it, and then edit it to “trans people should be genocided.” It’ll happen day one.— Katelyn Burns (@transscribe) September 1, 2022