Twitter confirms it is working on edit button after Elon Musk poll

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Twitter confirms it is working on edit button after Elon Musk poll

The company said on Wednesday that a function that would allow users to edit tweets after they have been published was being tested by Twitter after Elon Musk, its largest shareholder, polled his followers about the contentious but long-requested feature.

After appearing to joke about the feature on April Fool's Day, the social media giant took to where else Twitter to confirm it has been working on an edit button.

The possibility of such a button has been discussed for a long time, as the company tweeted on Friday, April 1 that it was working on an edit button.

Twitter said on Wednesday that it was not joking, but it will begin testing an edit function with members of its paid subscription service in the coming months.

The statement came after Elon Musk became the company's largest shareholder and newest board member despite questioning the platform's commitment to free speech.

On Tuesday, Musk asked his 80 million followers a question, Do you want an edit button? The poll appeared like a joke, in Mr Musk's usual style, as the two responses offered were yse and on instead of yes and no.

The consequences of the poll will be important, according to the chief executive officer of Twitter. Please vote carefully. On Wednesday, Twitter said that it did not get the idea for an edit button from the poll, and had been working on implementing the function for months.

After more than 4.4 million votes, the majority of respondents voted for yse Mr Musk, who previously described himself as a free speech absolutist, said he was looking forward to working with the Twitter board to make significant improvements to Twitter in the coming months. Jay Sullivan, the head of consumer product, said the company was working on maximising transparency and was aware that an edit function could be misused to alter the record of the public conversation.

When we approach this work, the priority is to protect the integrity of the public conversation.

It will take time and we will be actively seeking input and adversarial thinking in advance of launching Edit. We will share updates as we go, and we will approach this feature with care and thoughtfulness. In a regulatory filing on Monday, April 4, he disclosed that he had purchased a 9.2 per cent stake in Twitter, making him its largest shareholder.

According to a source familiar with the situation, Mr Musk won't have a say on Twitter's moderation, including what speech gets banned or which accounts get restored after being deleted, a policy that applies to all board members.

The former CEO had concerns over the edit function.

The former Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, had been reluctant to add an edit function to the platform in the past.

In 2018, Dorsey suggested that an edit button could allow users to change the meaning of a tweet, which could lead to people sharing content they disagreed with or had been significantly altered without them knowing.

There are a lot of things we could do to show a change log and show how a tweet has changed, and we're looking at all this stuff, he said.

We've been considering editing for a long time but we have to do it in the right way, we can't rush it out. On Tuesday, Mr Dorsey tweeted that he was really happy that Mr Musk was joining the Twitter board.

He said he cares deeply about the role of Twitter in our world.

Dorsey did not comment on the addition of an edit function.