“This is happening and you’ll be okay,” the company said.
Although many people have for years been calling on Twitter to add an edit button — which rivals like Facebook and Instagram offer — others have raised concerns about the potential implications of such a feature. Safety experts asked, for example: What if a harmless tweet went viral and then was edited to include harassment or misinformation, increasing the reach of a tweet that might otherwise not have spread?
Twitter said in its Thursday blog post that in this test, tweets will be able to be edited “a few times” for up to 30 minutes after they are first posted. Edited tweets will appear with an icon, label and timestamp to make it obvious they have been modified, and users can click through to a tweet’s “edit history” to see past versions.
“Like any new feature, we’re intentionally testing Edit Tweet with a smaller group to help us incorporate feedback while identifying and resolving potential issues. This includes how people might misuse the feature.”