Elon Musk became Twitter’s largest shareholder on Monday when he purchased 9.2 percent of the company, and he was then invited to join the board of directors.
“Do you want an edit button?” he tweeted to his 80 million followers less than 24 hours later. That’s typical of Musk on Twitter, but the most noteworthy aspect of the controversy was Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal’s answer. He said, as quoted in a tweet, “The consequences of this poll will be important. Please vote carefully.”
“We are working on an edit button,” said Twitter on April Fool’s Day, whereas Twitter’s former CEO, Jack Dorsey, earlier declared “we’ll probably never do it” while discussing the possibility of an edit button. It’s unclear how an edit button would work on the platform.
After a day of speculation, Twitter officially clarified its April Fool’s Day tweet, stating unequivocally that it is not a prank. Since last year, the company has been working on adding an edit button to the app in some form.
According to this announcement, Twitter plans to make the feature available sometime “in the coming months” to its paid Blue subscribers first as a “Labs” feature, in order to suss out exactly how editable tweets should work. It sounds like an actual release is pretty far away, so if you’re a free Twitter user, don’t plan on trying it out any time soon.