Musk’s Power Reaches Far: Twitter Comes With Message Customization Function

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Twitter will allow users to edit previously posted messages. The messaging service will gradually introduce the new feature in the coming months, with paying users first.


Twitter’s announcement follows a poll by Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk a day earlier, asking whether Twitter should offer this option. Musk, himself an avid Twitter user, had recently become aware that he had bought more than 9 percent of the shares in the company.

However, Twitter has been working on the ability to customize messages for months, the company emphasized. Such a function has long been the wish of many users.

Twitter also says it is thinking carefully about how customization is allowed. Without rules and time limits, such a feature could be “misused to modify the register of public discussion,” said Jay Sullivan, Twitter’s head of consumer products. A way must also be found to clarify what has been changed.

Musk also filed new documents with the US stock market watchdog SEC. His interest first came out on a form intended for investors who aspire to a passive role, but a day later, Twitter appointed the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX to its board. The new form also made it clear that Musk was purchasing shares almost daily between January 31 and April 1.

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