Los Angeles, US, Apr 5 (EFE).- Twitter confirmed on Tuesday that it is working on an edit button that would allow the amendment of published messages.
“Now that everyone is asking… yes, we’ve been working on an edit feature since last year!” the company wrote on Twitter.
It said it will start testing the function in its subscription service, Twitter Blue.
In a thread, Twitter’s Head of Consumer Product Jay Sullivan wrote that “we’ve been exploring how to build an Edit feature in a safe manner since last year” and that it has been the most requested feature “for many years.”
People have been wanting the button to fix typos or mistakes without having to delete the whole post, losing retweets and comments. But Sullivan warned of “misuse.”
“Without things like time limits, controls, and transparency about what has been edited, Edit could be misused to alter the record of the public conversation. Protecting the integrity of that public conversation is our top priority when we approach this work,” Sullivan added. “We will approach this feature with care and thoughtfulness and we will share updates as we go.”
In its Tuesday confirmation that it was working on the edit button, Twitter added: “No, we didn’t get the idea from a poll,” seemingly in reference to a survey that Elon Musk created on the social network, asking his followers if they want an edit button, in which more than 73 percent of respondents said yes.
The tycoon created the poll after acquiring a 9.2 percent passive stake in the company, promising that he will make “significant improvements” to the social network in the coming months.
On Monday, Twitter’s CEO Parag Agrawal announced that Musk was joining the board of directors with a tweet: “I’m excited to share that we’re appointing @elonmusk to our board!”
Agrawal added that the company has been in talks with Musk in recent weeks and that he will bring “great value” to the board.
“He’s both a passionate believer and intense critic of the service which is exactly what we need on @Twitter, and in the boardroom, to make us stronger in the long-term!” Agrawal wrote in another message.
At the end of last month, Musk accused Twitter of “failing to adhere to free speech principles” and said he was giving “serious thought” to creating his own platform.
A United States Securities & Exchange Commission regulatory filing shows Musk acquired his stake on Mar. 14, which would mean he was already Twitter’s largest outside shareholder when he criticized the platform.
According to a document sent to the stock market regulator, Musk will not be able to control more than 14.9 percent of the company during his board term, either individually or as part of a group. EFE