After Musk poll, Twitter says ‘EDIT’ feature coming: ‘will be abused in ways we can’t even imagine yet’

In comedy and in business timing can be everything, and when it comes to the latter category it’s safe to say that Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s timing is impeccable.

After buying a multibillion-dollar stake in Twitter, becoming the social media platform’s biggest shareholder, the world’s richest man had a little fun by trolling those who run the company via a poll on Monday asking users of the social media platform if they want an “edit” button — Musk cleverly misspelling “yes” in the choices available. With nearly 3 in 4 respondents answering to the affirmative, there was little doubt about how the consumer felt about the feature.

Lo and behold, the very next day Twitter made a big announcement: “now that everyone is asking… yes, we’ve been working on an edit feature since last year! no, we didn’t get the idea from a poll 😉 we’re kicking off testing within @TwitterBlue. Labs in the coming months to learn what works, what doesn’t, and what’s possible.”

Twitter did a little trolling of its own on April 1 — aka April Fools Day. At least, that’s how it appeared when the company tweeted: “we are working on an edit button.”

Tuesday proved to be a busy day for Twitter, as CEO Parag Agrawal also announced that Musk will be joining their board of directors after buying 73,486,938 shares of the company.

Musk responded: “Looking forward to working with Parag & Twitter board to make significant improvements to Twitter in coming months!”

For some, change never comes easy and there were plenty of naysayers responding to the big announcement about a possible edit feature, which Meta’s Tom Gara characterized thusly: “My micro-generation’s moon landing, happening in front of our eyes.”

Here’s a sampling of the responses to the story from Twitter:


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