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Twitter is trialling an edit button after Elon Musk issued a poll on the matter this week.
Anyone who uses the site will know all too well the pain of having written a hilarious tweet only to notice a typo in it, or think of something even funnier later on.
At that point, you have a simple choice – do you accept the mistake or delete and rewrite?
Well, according to the boffins at Twitter HQ, that may soon be a thing of the past.
In a tweet last night (5 April), the tech giant said it was going to be working on the edit button over the next few months.
now that everyone is asking…— Twitter Comms (@TwitterComms) April 5, 2022
yes, we’ve been working on an edit feature since last year!
no, we didn’t get the idea from a poll 😉
we're kicking off testing within @TwitterBlue Labs in the coming months to learn what works, what doesn’t, and what’s possible.
The post read: "Now that everyone is asking… Yes, we’ve been working on an edit feature since last year!
"No, we didn’t get the idea from a poll.
"We're kicking off testing within @TwitterBlue Labs in the coming months to learn what works, what doesn’t, and what’s possible."
The post made reference to the poll the Tesla boss shared earlier in the day, which asked his millions of followers whether they would like an edit button.
Musk jokingly gave the options 'yse' or 'on'.
Unsurprisingly, there was overwhelming support for the addition, with 73.6 percent of the four million voters in favour of it.
Do you want an edit button?— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 5, 2022
This comes after it was announced that Musk had become the single-largest shareholder in the social media platform, after buying 9.2 percent of the company.
The billionaire took a $2.89 billion (£2.3bn) stake in Twitter, giving him a share almost four times greater than its founder, Jack Dorsey.
It's a shock move for Musk, who has an interesting relationship with the platform, often calling it out for being restrictive.
Just last week, he shared another poll, this time asking: "Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy.
"Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle?"
He added: "The consequences of this poll will be important. Please vote carefully."
Over 70 percent of voters said 'no'.
Retweeting the poll, he later wrote: "Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy.
"What should be done?"
He then mooted the idea of creating a new platform – however, it would seem that he's chosen to stick with Twitter.
So I guess we will have to wait and see what this means for the future of the platform.
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