Users wrote about the need for editing posts on Twitter so often that it gave rise to a lot of memes. However, the possibility of changing already published content will appear only in the coming months – the corresponding information appeared on the company’s official page.
The main idea is that users can correct mistakes made in messages without having to delete them along with comments already left. The social network plans to initially test the feature among followers of the Twitter Blue version in the coming months.
According to Twitter Vice President Jay Sullivan, the ability to edit posts has been a much-anticipated feature for years, but without time limits, control, and transparency of edits, abuse was possible that could distort the meaning of public discussions. “Protecting the integrity of public discussions is our top priority as we approach this work,” Sullivan said.
Former head of Twitter Jack Dorsey opposed the feature, believing it would allow changes to the substance of posts retroactively; and said in 2020 that Twitter “may never” add the feature. At the same time, users pointed out that many other platforms, including Facebook * and Instagram, already allow users to edit posts, and this does not lead to large-scale abuse. However, some of the social networks admitted that abuse did happen.
Twitter announces intention to add tweet editing feature
Twitter’s position changed after Parag Agrawal took over the company. As early as April 1, a tweet about the work on the “Edit” button appeared in the official social network account, but at that time the message was not taken seriously. A couple of days later, newly minted Twitter shareholder Elon Musk launched a poll on the social network whether the service needed a corresponding button, with more than 70% of those surveyed voting “yes”.
The company already has a feature that allows you to “revoke” a tweet before it’s sent; although it’s only available to Twitter Blue exclusive subscribers.
It became known that Elon Musk regularly acquired Twitter shares from late January to early April; spending a total of $ 2.64 billion on this. That’s more than 9% of Twitter shares.
Musk owns 73,115,038 Twitter shares, according to CNBC, citing Form 13D. The billionaire crossed the threshold of 5% by March 14. As of yesterday evening, the current value of shares owned by Elon Musk reached $ 3.73 billion. As you know, the money spent and efforts guaranteed Elon Musk a seat on the board of directors of Twitter; but without the right to have more than 14.9% of the company’s shares.