Twitter said in — where else? – a tweet on Thursday morning that some users may start seeing edited tweets in their feed because it is testing the long-awaited edit button.
“This is happening and you’ll be fine,” the company said.
When confirming that the editing feature was in the works, Twitter also said, “no, we didn’t get the idea from a poll.”
While many people have been calling out Twitter for years to add an edit button, offered by rivals like Facebook and Instagram, others have raised concerns about the potential implications of such a feature.
Security experts asked, for example: What if an innocuous tweet goes viral and is then edited to include harassment or misinformation, increasing the reach of an otherwise unspread tweet?
Twitter said in its Thursday blog post that in this test, tweets will be able to be edited “a few times” up to 30 minutes after they are first posted.
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Edited tweets will appear with an icon, label, and timestamp to make it obvious they’ve been edited, and users can click on a tweet’s “edit history” to see previous versions.
“As with any new feature, we are intentionally testing Edit Tweet with a smaller group to help us incorporate feedback while identifying and resolving potential issues. This includes how people may misuse the feature.”