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Twitter Previews New ‘Edit’ Button as Musk Forges Ahead

'Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy. Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle? ... '

(Alex Tien, Headline USAElon Musk is not wasting any time improving Twitter after his recent purchase of the company. Yahoo! News reported that a new “edit” button is in the works and could be available soon.

The edit button has been rumored for quite some time on the social media site.

Under the new change, it is believed that users will have 30 minutes after their original tweet to make an edit to their message. Audiences will then read that “There’s a new version of this Tweet.” This message will be utilized to inform people that changes have been made that they may not have otherwise seen.

Twitter’s edit button has reportedly been in development since 2021.

“We’ve been working on an edit feature since last year,” the social media giant said earlier in April, adding that its earlier tweet on April 1 announcing ongoing work on the feature was not a joke.

Twitter also stated that it did not get the idea “from a poll,” alluding to an earlier Musk tweet that tabled a poll about whether or not users would want an edit button.

Reacting to the poll, Twitter’s chief executive officer Parag Agarwal said that users need to “vote carefully”.

“The consequences of this poll will be important. Please vote carefully,” Agarwal said, reiterating Musk’s statement from a few days ago when he first began questioning Twitter’s commitment to free speech.

This is not the first time that Musk has shown an interest in getting feedback from users on Twitter. On March 24, he asked, “Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy. Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle?”

Over 70% of users voted, “No.”

For those who are concerned about the future of free speech, Musk’s initial actions after his purchase of Twitter are promising.

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