30 September 2022
There is no doubt that the ability to edit tweets has been one of the most frequently requested Twitter features. The company has maintained its stance that it would never add an edit tweet option but it had a change of heart earlier this year. It revealed that the feature was under development and a few months later, the team is finally ready to start testing it with real-world users.
An official blog post reveals that edit tweet functionality is under internal testing but will expand to Twitter Blue subscribers by the end of this month. It is a paid subscription service from the company that gives users access to certain exclusive features and a chance to test new ones before others. This is why non-paying users will not be a part of the testing phase yet but they will be able to see an edited tweet.
Twitter says users will have a window of 30 minutes to edit their tweets from the time it was shared first. Edits can only be done a few times but an exact count has not been mentioned. This will give users an opportunity to fix typos, add missing tags, and make other changes that they forgot to do while tweeting. All edited tweets will have a "Last edited" label that will show the time stamp of the last edit.
Tapping on the label will show the edit history for that particular tweet. It will let other users check what was the original tweet, what has been edited, and how many times. This is to ensure that the feature is not misused to peddle misinformation on the platform which is already a huge problem.
In the blog post, Twitter says,
"Like any new feature, we’re intentionally testing Edit Tweet with a smaller group to help us incorporate feedback while identifying and resolving potential issues. This includes how people might misuse the feature. You can never be too careful."
Twitter has confirmed that Edit Tweet testing will be limited to a single country at first. It will expand to other countries gradually depending on the user response and how the feature is used. It means it could take a while before it becomes available to all users, especially those who are not paying for Blue subscription.