The company has been working since last year on building an edit option, “the most requested Twitter Edit feature for many years”.
Jay Sullivan, Twitter’s head of consumer products, said in a tweet the company had been working since last year on building an edit option, “the most requested Twitter feature for many years”.
The announcement, which was initially previewed by Twitter on April Fools Day last week, comes as the firm undergoes a larger transformation, with Musk becoming the company’s largest shareholder and joining the board of directors after challenging the social media platform’s commitment to free speech.
Musk began polling Twitter users about an edit button after disclosing his 9.2% stake in the company on Monday.
Twitter Chief Executive Officer Parag Agrawal asked users to “vote carefully” on Monday, though the company on Tuesday tweeted that it did not get the idea for the edit button from the poll.
Sullivan tweeted the feature will take time to fine-tune as “without things like time limits, controls, and transparency about what has been edited, Edit could be misused to alter the record of the public conversation”.
The company will actively seek “input and adversarial thinking in advance of launching Edit,” he added.
Twitter will start testing the feature within its Twitter Blue Labs premium subscription service in the coming months to “learn what works, what doesn’t, and what’s possible,” it said.
Twitter Blue members get exclusive access to premium features and app customizations for a monthly subscription.