The tool will be used to correct typos or add labels that have been forgotten

NEW YORK – Twitter announced Thursday that it has begun testing a feature that will allow users to edit tweets for 30 minutes after they are published, finally making the wish of many users who have been clamoring for this option for years come true.

The company, in a message on its website, explained that for now the tests are internal but will be extended in the coming weeks to subscribers to Twitter Blue, a payment service available in several countries.

The social network proposes the function of editing tweets as a way to correct typos or add labels that have been forgotten, for example, which is why it has initially set a maximum of half an hour to make the changes.

Edited messages will be marked with the time of the last edit and an icon that, if clicked, allows you to view previous versions of the tweet.

According to Twitter, “the time limit and version history play an important role” in order to “protect the integrity of the conversation and create a public archive of what has been said.”

“We hope that with the ability to Edit Tweet, tweeting will be more accessible and less stressful,” the company explained.

Twitter acknowledged that this is the most requested feature so far by users and said it wants to take a close look during the testing period to see how it affects the way people read, write and engage with tweets.

The social network announced last April that it was working on this edit button, which it had resisted for years.

The announcement came shortly after the billionaire Elon Musk carried out a survey among his followers on this subject, although Twitter denied from the first moment that his decision responded to it and assured that he had been working on the idea since the previous year. .

Musk, by then the largest shareholder in the company, shortly after submitted an offer to take over the entirety for $44 billion that was accepted by Twitter, but a few months later he decided to cancel the deal.

Now, the two parties are heading for a trial scheduled for October, after the company sued the businessman to force him to complete the operation.

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