Elon Musk teases HUGE Twitter change after buying 10% of the app
TWEETER's remorse may become a thing of the past as Elon Musk hints at introducing an edit button to the platform.
Musk recently bought almost 10% of Twitter in a massive buy-in that made him the largest shareholder.
Musk tweeted out a poll, complete with deliberate misspellings, asking fans if they want to see an edit button on Twitter.
The poll received over 3million votes, with a 73% majority favoring adding the feature.
Oddly, Twitter had hinted at adding an edit button before the news of Musk's investment broke.
On April 1st, the official Twitter company account wrote "we are working on an edit button" – though the date suggested it could be a joke, and the account is notoriously sarcastic.
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It's unclear exactly how the edit button featured would be applied.
One user responded to Musk saying the edit button should only be available for five to 10 minutes after posting, with the option of viewing the original tweet and its alterations.
Musk simply replied "that sounds reasonable" – though it hardly seems like a commitment.
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey told Wired he opposes the idea of an edit button.
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The swift introduction of an edit button would make it clear that users are now on Musk's Twitter, not Dorsey's.
The edit button poses the natural worry that users will edit their tweets and completely change the context of what was said.
On the other hand, tweets stumped by a distracting typo or broken link could be easily fixed.
It'll be up to the executive board – which Musk just joined – to ultimately determine how an edit button could work on Twitter.
Since the news of Musk's acquisition broke, Twitter's stock is on a massive upturn, breaching $50 a share for the first time since November 2021.
It brings forward a longstanding question about Musk: should limits be put on his social media investments and usage due to his ability to influence markets?
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