The Twitter Edit Button Will Finally Arrive... But We Have to Pay for It
Say goodbye to typos, grammatical errors, missed tags, and, well, regrettable takes. Twitter is finally rolling out its new edit feature, a thing about 238 million users have been hoping for since the dawn of time (they really gave us a newsletter before the edit button; may we never forget). There's just one catch: we have to be a subscriber.
On September 1, the social media giant sent out a test tweet as a de facto announcement. For $4.99 (roughly P284) per month for Twitter Blue, users can edit their tweets a couple of times, but they have to do it within a period of 30 minutes. People can still, however, view the history of the edited tweet.
“The time limit and version history play an important role here. They help protect the integrity of the conversation and create a publicly accessible record of what was said,” the company said in a statement.
For years, platforms like Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Reddit have had an edit feature. Twitter initially didn't budge. Until now.
In 2020, Twitter had rolled out Fleets, which was a feature that would delete a user's post after 24 hours. It was eventually pulled after an unsuccessful run. Earlier this week, the company introduced Circles, which would let users post messages to about 150 followers.
The announcement also comes during a time when the company is in the middle of a legal battle with Elon Musk, who had backed out of a $44-billion agreement to buy the company. We may recall back in April that Musk had tweeted out a poll that asked his followers if they wanted an edit button. Seventy percent affirmed the sentiment.
Nevertheless, Twitter will be testing the edit tweet option internally with small groups first for feedback and potential issues.
Pundits have pointed out that the edit feature might become a tool for misinformation soon after its release, considering that studies have confirmed that fake news on the platform spreads farther and faster than real news.