Twitter will let you edit your tweet up to five times
Last week, Twitter unveiled a highly awaited feature: the capacity to edit tweets. Once the tool is ready, users will be able to change their tweets for up to 30 minutes after posting, according to the business. There is a caveat, though: users are only allowed to change their tweets five times during this time.
Although this restriction appears plenty for fixing typos, uploading media assets, or adding a few tags, the firm may have instituted it to prevent users from abusing the feature by arbitrarily modifying the content of a tweet.
According to the social media company, which is watching user activity, the quantity of adjustments users can make within the permitted duration may alter.
The “edit tweet” feature will be first available to users who pay for the optional Twitter Blue subscription, but it won’t be rolling out to all paid users initially. Twitter confirmed that New Zealand-based subscribers will first get the feature and it will be later pushed to Twitter Blue users in Australia, Canada, and the U.S once it learns more about usage patterns. So subscribers in these three countries might have to wait a bit longer and use the service without the marquee feature.
After the company laid out its plans for the edit button, experts opined that the tool could be used to spread political misinformation or crypto scams. But those instances will only come to the fore once a larger set of people start using the feature on regular basis. It’s too early to decide if the feature will become a menace or just an option for people to fix their dumb typos.
The social network has faced a ton of scrutiny over the past couple of months over how it has handled its security practices, spam-account-catching methods, and child sexual abuse material (CSAM) detection. The last thing the social media company would want is for one of the most anticipated features to cause havoc.