Messaging service Twitter will offer users the opportunity to adjust messages already placed. The social media company will test that possibility in the coming months, it announced, with paying users first.


The announcement of Twitter follows a poll by Tesla CEO Elon Musk a day earlier about whether Twitter should offer this option. It had become clear to Musk, himself an avid Twitter user, 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. Users have been talking about that feature for years.

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 stake first came out on a form intended for investors aspiring to a passive role, but Twitter appointed the chief executive of Tesla and SpaceX to its board a day later. The new form also made it clear that Musk was purchasing shares almost daily between January 31 and April 1.

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