Twitter is finally rolling out its long-awaited edit button in the U.S. on October 6, The Verge reports.
Canada, Australia and New Zealand got the ability to edit their tweets on Monday, and now subscribers to Twitter Blue in the U.S. can have the same privilege.
Tweets can be edited for 30 minutes after posting, up to five times. However, some tweets, like replies, retweets and polls, cannot be altered.
A little pencil icon will appear on tweets when they can be edited.
Many Twitter users — among them, Kim Kardashian, Ice T, Katy Perry, and McDonald's corporate account — have long begged for an edit button. Twitter has been working on the edit function since 2021.
Twitter's vice president of consumer product, Jay Sullivan, said earlier this year an edit function has for years been Twitter's most requested new feature, noting that people want to fix mistakes, typos, and "hot takes."
People who study Twitter have argued against the option, saying an edit button would change the nature of Twitter, making it less valuable as a historical warehouse that stores official statements by politicians and other high-profile people. Twitter, for better or worse, "has become the de facto news wire," said Jennifer Grygiel, a Syracuse University communications professor and an expert on social media who researches propaganda.
Tweets are often embedded in news stories, which could cause problems if the users edit important or controversial tweets without leaving evidence of the original statement. Grygiel suggested instead giving Twitter users a window of time to edit their tweets before they publish them.
Letting powerful Twitter users edit their tweets means they would not be historical statements anymore, Grygiel said. "We need to think about what the implications are, what these tweets are, who has power."
Twitter Blue subscribers pay $4.99 a month.
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