Twitter to introduce edit button for premium users
Permanently misspelled tweets might soon be a thing of the past.
Twitter said Thursday it will roll out an editing feature to subscribers of its premium Twitter Blue service later this month.
In an update on its plans to introduce an edit button, the social media company said it has been testing the feature internally, which it said is one of the most requested features to date.
The edit function will give users 30 minutes to make changes to their 280-character messages such as fixing typos or adding hashtags after first publishing a tweet.
To make it clear that a tweet has been modified, they'll be labeled and appear with an icon and timestamp. Users can look up past versions of the tweet by tapping the label.
Twitter said it's testing the edit feature with a small group of users so it can identify and resolve potential issues
"This includes how people might misuse the feature," the company said in a blog post. "You can never be too careful."
The time limit and version history play an important role, Twitter said. "They help protect the integrity of the conversation and create a publicly accessible record of what was said."
Twitter hinted that the edit feature would eventually be rolled out to all users. Testing helps the company understand how it impacts the way people use Twitter "as well as plan for and anticipate what might happen if we bring it to everyone," spokeswoman Stephanie Cortez said.
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Several accounts were banned based on complaints received through the company's grievances channel and the tools and resources it uses to detect such offenses, the social media platform said. In July, WhatsApp received a total of 574 grievance reports.
The messsaging platform, which has been criticised earlier for spreading fake news and hate speech in the country, as well as elsewhere in the world, had taken down 2.21 million accounts in India in June.