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TWITTER has announced the app will experiment with an edit button starting today.

Tweets that have been edited are marked with a tag indicating when they were last altered.

"If you see an edited Tweet it's because we're testing the edit button," the official Twitter account shared this morning.

A company blog explained that tweets can be edited to "fix typos, add missed tags, and more."

Users will be able to edit posts "a few times" within 30 minutes of sharing tweets with their followers.

"Like any new feature, we’re intentionally testing Edit Tweet with a smaller group to help us identify and resolve potential issues before it’s shared with the public," a Twitter representative told The US Sun in an email.

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Twitter Blue subscribers will be the first users to access the new feature after the test round.

Twitter's blog says the expansion of the edit feature to Twitter Blue subscribers will happen "later this month."

Twitter Blue users "localized to a single country" will be part of the testing phase.

Users who come upon edited tweets will be able to view the post's history of changes.

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Twitter introducing an edit button comes with much suspicion and contention from users.

Users have expressed concern that tweets they like or retweet will be edited to have their context or meaning stripped.

"So will likes/retweets be removed if tweet is edited? I’d like to reevaluate if I still like a tweet after it’s been changed," one user shared.

"There's no way to implement an edit button without opening up ways for online abuse," another posted.

Other users were happier about the prospect of being able to rework a post.

"I am a pretty strict follower of 'type tweet, hit send, proofread' workflow, so this is a big day for me," a user posted.

On April 1st, the official Twitter account wrote "we are working on an edit button" – sharing the idea on April Fools Day suggested it was a joke.

But this time, the company seems as though they are genuinely planning to make the feature widespread one day.

Twitter's General Manager of Consumer and Product Revenue Jay Sullivan took to the bird to confirm the new feature's introduction.

"We’re really doing it, everyone. We’re testing Edit," Sullivan wrote.

"This is one of many features we’re exploring to help people join the global conversation on their own terms."

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When Elon Musk first made his bid to buy Twitter, the Tesla boss hinted that he would add an edit button if he were to take control of the company.

In 2020, Twitter founder Jack Dorsey told Wired he opposed the idea of an edit button.

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