- Elon Musk has posted a poll for the edit button on Twitter
- Musk has 9.2 percent stake in the micro-blogging site
- The edit button is one of the most requested feature on Twitter
Tesla CEO Elon Musk has carried out a poll on Twitter asking users if they want an edit button on Twitter. The poll was done the same day that Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he had bought a 9.2% passive stake in the micro-blogging site.
At present, Twitter does not offer an option to modify a tweet once it is sent. So, if a tweet is published by mistake or if someone wants to change something in a published tweet, one needs to delete the tweet and post it again. Hence, the edit button is one of the most anticipated features on Twitter. Musk’s recent poll asking for an edit button on Twitter suggests that the feature may arrive soon.
Twitter may soon introduce Edit button
Do you want an edit button?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 5, 2022
On April 1st, 2022, Twitter posted that it is working on an edit button. It was unclear at that time whether it was an April Fools’ Day joke or an official confirmation from the company.
Elon Musk’s 9.2 percent stake in Twitter makes him the company’s largest single shareholder. Earlier today, he asked his 80 million followers whether they wanted an edit button on Twitter. At the time of writing, it was found that approximately 75 percent of Twitter users voted in favour of the Edit button. Twitter CEO Parag Agarwal responded to the tweet by saying, “The consequences of this poll will be important. Please vote carefully.”
Jack Dorsey, the co-founder and former CEO of Twitter, said in 2018 that the company plans to implement the edit button “in the right way.” He had said, “We can’t make something which is distracting or takes anything away from the public record.”
A year later, Dorsey told Jon Rogan’s podcast that the edit feature would not allow users to edit tweets from the distant past or even the ones that had just been posted. Email services provide an undo button for a couple of seconds after hitting the send button. The upcoming edit feature may function in a similar way, providing a 5 to 30-second delay in publishing a tweet. This means that the tweet will not go live instantly but offer a few seconds to modify it.