Twitter to test much-anticipated edit button on monthly subscription service

  • Testing will start on Twitter Blue, the app’s paid service, in the next few months
  • The announcement came soon after newly-named board member, Tesla boss Elon Musk, conducted an online poll
Agence France-Presse |

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Twitter announced it will soon start testing an edit button on its monthly subscription service, Twitter Blue. Photo: AFP

Twitter announced on Tuesday that it will soon start testing an edit button on its monthly subscription service.

Users have long yearned for the ability to edit tweets after firing them off on the one-to-many messaging platform.

Word that testing the feature will start in the coming months at Twitter Blue came soon after newly-named board member Elon Musk conducted an online poll.

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In a tweet, Musk asked if people wanted an edit button on Twitter. Nearly 4.4 million votes were cast, some 73 per cent of them saying “yes.”

“Now that everyone is asking … yes, we’ve been working on an edit feature since last year,” Twitter posted on its communications account.

“No, we didn’t get the idea from a poll,” it added, poking fun at the Tesla boss.

SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently joined the board at Twitter. Photo: Reuters

The San Francisco-based internet firm said it will kick off testing in the coming months to figure out what works when it comes to letting users tinker with posts after they have gone live.

Twitter Blue lets people pay a monthly subscription fee of US$3 to access special content or features.

Blue is currently available on the Twitter app for Apple or Android smartphones in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, according to the company.

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Twitter announced on Tuesday that Musk will join its board, boosting hopes the eccentric entrepreneur will lift the social media company’s prospects – although some observers expressed wariness of the billionaire’s influence.

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal called Musk “a passionate believer and intense critic of the service, which is exactly what we need,” while Musk said he looked forward to soon making “significant improvements to Twitter.”

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