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Twitter Tests Edit Feature… But There’s a Catch

Jack Dorsey says he regrets turning Twitter into a standard company

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TWITTER announced Thursday that it has begun testing a feature that will let edit tweets within 30 minutes of posting, finally making the wish of many users who have been claiming this option for years come true.

The company, in a message on its website, explained that for now the tests are internal, but they will be extended in the coming weeks to subscribers to Twitter Blue, a paid service available in several countries.

The social network proposes the function of editing tweets as a way to correct typos or add tags that have been forgotten, for example, so you have initially set a maximum of half an hour to make the changes.

Edited messages will be marked with the time of the last editing and an icon that, if clicked, allows users to view previous versions of the tweet.

According to Twitter, “the time limit and version history play an important role” in order to “protect the integrity of the conversation and create a public archive of what has been said.”

“We hope that, with the ability to edit a Tweet, tweeting will become more accessible and less stressful,” the company explained.

Twitter recognized that this is the most demanded function so far by users and said he wants to look closely during the testing period to see how it affects the way people read, write and engage with tweets.

The social network announced last April that it was working on this edit button, which he had resisted for years.

The announcement came shortly after the billionaire Elon Musk conducted a survey among his followers on this subject, although Twitter denied from the first moment that his decision responded to it and assured that it had been working on the idea since the previous year.  

Musk, by then the largest shareholder in the company, shortly submitted an offer to take over the entirety for $44 billion that was accepted by Twitter, but a few months later he decided to cancel the deal.

Now, the two parties are heading for a trial scheduled for October, after the company sued the businessman to force him to complete the operation.

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