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Twitter rolls out long-awaited edit button to paying subscribers

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Sept 1 (Reuters) – Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) will launch a widely-requested edit button for paying subscribers in the coming weeks, the social media company announced Thursday.

For years, Twitter users have requested the ability to edit Tweets after they are published to fix typos and other errors. These demands prompted jokes online that Twitter wanted to showcase other products, such as newsletters, before giving users the most-requested features.

Subscribers who pay $4.99 a month for Twitter Blue will be able to edit their tweets “several times” within 30 minutes of publication, Twitter said in a blog post.

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Nearly every other social media platform, including Meta Platform’s Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and Pinterest, has offered the ability for users to edit their posts for years.

The San Francisco-based company is embroiled in a legal battle with billionaire Elon Musk, who is seeking to back out of a $44 billion deal to buy Twitter.

File photo: In this illustration photo taken on September 27, 2013, people holding mobile phones are silhouetted against a background projected with the Twitter logo. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/Illustration/File Photo

In April, the same day Musk went public with his 9% stake in Twitter, he tweeted a poll asking his millions of followers whether they wanted an edit button. Over 70% answered yes.

Twitter and its observers have debated whether allowing edits to Tweets could lead to harmful effects, such as the spread of misinformation.

Edited Tweets have an icon and a timestamp that shows when the post was last edited. Users can click the edited Tweet label to view the edit history and previous versions of the post.

Twitter experimented with a version of the edit button. Subscribers to Twitter Blue, the company’s paid subscription product, now have access to the ability to retain tweets for up to one minute, allowing users to review tweets and “undo” them before the post is published. “can do.

Asked if the edit button would eventually be available to all Twitter users, the spokesperson said that Twitter is testing the feature, saying, “What would happen if we gave it to everyone? to predict,’ he said.

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Reporting by Sheila Dang of Dallas Editing by Bernadette Baum

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