The Twitter logo and a smartphone connected to this social network, October 26, 2020 in Toulouse @BelgaImage
This option has long been requested by some users of the social network, who regret not being able to modify messages containing errors or unwelcome formulations, because they were written too quickly or under the influence of emotion.
Elon Musk, currently in a legal battle with Twitter over the takeover of the platform, has repeatedly supported this request.
The group finally gave in and announced in April that they were working on this possibility.
On Thursday, he said the feature was currently being tested by his internal teams and would be available to subscribers to the paid Twitter Blue plan “in the coming weeks”.
This formula is currently available in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
“As with any new feature, we are voluntarily testing the Edit Tweet feature with a limited audience to help us identify and fix potential issues before making it available to everyone,” Twitter said in a statement.
“Through testing, we hope to quickly understand how it is used and its impact on how people read and write tweets,” the group adds.
A test that will not necessarily be permanent
The test will not necessarily be permanent for all users of the social network, a spokesperson told AFP.
As currently designed, the new feature allows tweets to be edited multiple times within 30 minutes of posting, and edited tweets will be accompanied by symbols clearly indicating that the original post has been corrected. It will be possible to access earlier versions of the message.
This should “protect the integrity of the conversation” and “allow everyone to see what was said,” says Twitter.