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LONDON: Twitter announced on Thursday that it was testing a new edit button, a feature long requested by users.

“If you see an edited Tweet it’s because we’re testing the edit button. It’s happening and you’ll be fine,” the company tweeted.

The new feature, which is still in the trial phase and expected to roll out in the coming weeks, will only be available to select users.

“Later this month, the platform will extend access to Edit Tweet to Twitter Blue subscribers. As part of their subscription, they receive early access to features and help test them out before coming to Twitter” , the company said.

Subscribers to Twitter Blue, the platform’s premium version that costs $4.99 a month, will soon be able to edit a tweet up to 30 minutes after it’s posted.

The company pointed out that users would be able to track a tweet’s edit history to “protect the integrity of the conversation and create a publicly available record” of what was said.

“Tweets may be edited a few times within 30 minutes of posting. Edited Tweets will appear with an icon, timestamp, and label so readers will know clearly that the original Tweet was edited. Tapping on the label will take viewers to the Tweet’s edit history, which includes past versions of the Tweet. »

Twitter Blue is available in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and offers users additional features such as an “undo” option which gives users a 60-second window to edit a tweet posted before it is posted. ‘t be made public, but the company said the edit button would initially be “localized” to a single country.

Although users have waited 16 years for a feature that Twitter co-founder and former chief executive Jack Dorsey deemed unnecessary and said it would likely never deliver, some people remain skeptical of its introduction.

One user questioned the usefulness of the feature, saying the platform has long had a “top edit button” called delete.

Others said it was unnecessary or against the spirit of the platform, raising their concerns and asking what safeguards were in place to prevent the feature from being abused.

Experts have expressed concern and warned against inappropriate use of the feature, saying it could contribute to misinformation.

Daniel Angus, professor of digital communication at Queensland University of Technology, said Twitter appeared to have responded “productively” to initial concerns about the feature being used in bad faith.

“The time limit for tweet edits and these transparency tools are good measures that reasonably address some of the potential for bad faith actors to use the edit function to deliberately deceive,” he said. he declares. “Nothing, however, can completely prevent such a feature from being used in a deliberately misleading manner.”

Twitter first announced plans to introduce the new future in April, after Elon Musk posted a poll on the platform asking users if they wanted an edit button.

Since then, Musk and Twitter have been locked in a legal battle after Tesla’s CEO tried to walk out of a $44 billion deal to acquire the platform.