Twitter confirms it will test edit feature for paid members, following days of jokes, hints, polls

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  • Twitter said Tuesday it will be testing an edit feature on its paid subscription platform.
  • Elon Musk, the newest member of Twitter's board, polled his followers about the idea Monday.
  • The company said it had been testing the feature since last year. 
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It's finally happening: Twitter is testing an edit button. 

Just one day after Elon Musk — who joined Twitter's board of directors and disclosed a 9.2% stake in Twitter this week — asked his followers if they wanted an edit button, the company announced it had been testing one since last year, addressing years of discussion and requests

But the company said that Musk's poll wasn't the impetus for the feature. 

"Now that everyone is asking… yes, we've been working on an edit feature since last year!" the company's communications account tweeted. "No, we didn't get the idea from a poll."

The company said it will start testing an edit button feature with Twitter Blue, a monthly subscription version of Twitter, "in the coming months."

Twitter Blue users can already "undo" a Tweet within a few seconds of sending it, which also allows them to edit it, but this appears to be a different feature.

Testing will reveal "what works, what doesn't, and what's possible," the company added. 

Users and even famous people, such as Lil Nas X and Kim Kardashian have joked or discussed the lack of edit button on Twitter. The company has also gotten in on the fun. 

"You can have an edit button when everyone wears a mask," the company Tweeted in July 2020

Founder Jack Dorsey even said in January 2020 that the company would "probably never" add an edit button, but he has since stepped down as CEO and replaced by Parag Agrawal in November. 

Earlier on Tuesday, Musk — now Twitter's largest shareholder — tweeted, "Looking forward to working with Parag & Twitter board to make significant improvements to Twitter in coming months!"

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