Twitter announced a much-anticipated feature last week – the possibility edit tweets. The company says that when the feature becomes available, users will be able to edit their tweets for up to 30 minutes from posting. However, there is one catch: users can only edit their tweet five times during this time period.
While this limitation seems to be enough to correct typos, upload media files, or add some tags, the company could have introduced it to prevent people from abusing this feature by changing the content on arbitrary tweets. The social media company told TechCrunch that it is currently observing user behavior, and the number of edits available to users within the approved timeframe is subject to change.
The “edit tweets” feature will first be available to users who pay for the optional Twitter Blue subscription, but it won’t roll out to all paying users initially. Twitter confirmed that New Zealand-based subscribers will get the feature first, and it will then be rolled out to Twitter Blue users in Australia, Canada, and the US as they learn more about how to use it. So subscribers in these three countries may have to wait a little longer and use the service without the marquee feature.
After the company came up with plans for an edit button, experts suggested that the tool could be used to spreading political misinformation or crypto scams. But those cases will only emerge when a larger group starts using the feature on a regular basis. It’s too early to decide if this feature becomes a threat or just an option for people to correct their stupid spelling mistakes.
The social network has faced a lot of scrutiny over the past few months for how it has handled it security practices, methods to catch spam accountsand child sexual abuse document detection (CSAM). The last thing the social media company wants is one of the most anticipated features to cause havoc.