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Elon Musk wants to change Twitter

Elon Musk wants to change Twitter

It happens after he bought a large stake in Twitter.

Tesla CEO and Twitter contributor Elon Musk.

Since the launch of Twitter, the platform has lacked an opportunity to correct its own typos. But now the era of typos could be over, thanks to Elon Musk.

At the time of writing, it was only hours after Musk wrote the Twitter message that “Want a change button?” , along with the survey. The survey offers ‘yse’ and ‘on’ options, i.e. typos for ‘yes’ and ‘no’.

While many may have thought it was a joke, there is still some truth to it. At least if we are to believe Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal, who has written that the consequences of voting matter, and encourages people to be careful when casting a vote.

Since its creation in 2006, many users have stated that they want a button to be able to correct typos. However, that never happened, and if we believe a video interview with former founder and director, Jack Dorsey, that Wired gave in 2020, that was part of the core of Twitter.

In the interview, which consisted of a series of questions from Twitter users, addressed to Dorsey, he explained that Twitter would probably never get such a button, because the site started as a text messaging service. He explained that a normal text message could not be corrected after being sent, and that Twitter wanted to maintain that mood.

Twitter could now have an edit button anyway, it might have something to do with that Musk recently acquired a 9.2 percent stake.

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In late March, Musk also tweeted another poll. At the time, it was a question of whether Twitter was following the principles of free speech. The result was that as many as 70 percent answered “no”. Musk then followed this up with a question about what to do, and whether a new platform was needed.

It is not known if this is related to his acquisition of Twitter posts, but all of this may indicate that Musk may have a greater impact on the development of Twitter in the future.