01 November 2022
UPDATE (September 16th, 2022):
Twitter is reportedly planning to release the edit tweet feature on September 21st. Casey Newton of Platformer has tweeted the information citing his sources who shared internal documents. An important thing to note is that public release will still be limited to Twitter Blue subscribers for the time being. It is also expected to remain exclusive to New Zealand first.
Oh and here’s a tiny scoop: Twitter is planning to begin the public test of editing tweets on Wednesday 9/21, per internal documents shared with me— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) September 15, 2022
Original (September 12th, 2022)
It has been over a week since Twitter officially confirmed the beta testing of the edit tweets feature. The idea behind the feature is to give users an opportunity to fix typos and other types of errors in their tweets. It will eliminate the need for deleting a tweet and then re-tweeting it. It said the edit window will be available for half an hour with a limited number of edits. Now, we have a report revealing the exact figures.
As per TechCrunch, Twitter will let users edit their tweets only five times within 30 minutes. This is to ensure that the feature does not get misused. The company fears that some users may decide to completely change the meaning of the tweet once it gets significant engagement, like getting viral. It wants to avoid situations where the audience engages with a tweet due to a particular content/thought but it ends up getting changed later.
Twitter is currently busy observing user behavior to decide what other steps can be taken to minimize edit tweet misuse. This is the reason even the five edits limit is not finalized yet. There is a possibility that it might change by the time feature becomes available for everyone worldwide.
The ability to edit tweets is exclusive to Twitter Blue subscribers for now. Even among those, the feature will first become available to users in New Zealand. It will then gradually expand to other regions like the United States, Canada, and Australia. Twitter is surely in no hurry to release the feature to the masses.