Twitter confirmed on Tuesday that the social media site is considering adding an edit button. The company said it had been working on it since last year.
According to a video from the account, the edit button would appear in the drop-down menu of an already posted tweet, alongside the delete and pin buttons.
On April 1, which happens to be April Fool’s Day, the official Twitter account tweeted “we’re working on an edit button.” The communication team account retweeted Tuesday, adding “ps: we weren’t kidding”.
Jay Sullivan, head of consumer products at Twitter, also tweeted Tuesday on the possible change.
“Edit has been the most requested Twitter feature for many years,” he said. “People want to be able to fix (sometimes embarrassing) errors, typos, and hot takes in the moment. They’re currently getting around that by deleting and re-tweeting.”
Sullivan warnedhowever, that “Edit could be misused to alter the record of the Public Conversation” and that Twitter’s goal is to protect “the integrity of this Public Conversation”.
“Therefore, it will take time and we will actively seek feedback and conflicting thinking before launching Edit,” he said. wrote. “We will approach this feature carefully and thoughtfully and will share updates as they come.”
The announcement came a day after Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed he had a 9.2% stake in Twitter – making him the social media site’s largest shareholder – and tweeted a poll asking if users wanted an edit button. Twitter account Comm wrote on Tuesday that its decision was not based on the poll, however, earlier Tuesday it was also that Musk was joining the social media company’s board of directors.
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, who stepped down as the company’s CEO in November 2021, hasn’t publicly commented on the proposed edit button, but share his support for Musk joining the board. “I’m so glad Elon is joining Twitter’s board! He cares deeply about our world and Twitter’s role in it.”