Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk posted a Twitter poll on Monday, asking users if they wanted an edit button.
The poll comes after Musk disclosed a 9.2 percent stake in Twitter earlier in the day, worth nearly $3 billion (roughly Rs. 22,700 crore), that made him the micro-blogging site's largest shareholder.
"Do you want an edit button?" Musk asked in the tweet.
Replying to Musk's poll, Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal tweeted that the consequences of the poll will be important. "Please vote carefully," he said.
Musk's poll received several replies, some in favour and some against — including The Liz Wheeler Show's Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) who suggested that an edit button could be misused to change the meaning of a tweet entirely, after it has gained a lot of traction. Her tweet receieved a response from Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth (@boztank) who pointed out Facebook had already resolved this issue by designating such posts with an ‘edited' mark.
Musk, in his own inimitable style, responded to Bosworth saying "Facebook gives me the willies".
On April 1, Twitter had tweeted a message on its official account, saying it was working on the long-awaited "edit" feature. When asked if the tweet was a joke, the company had then said, "We cannot confirm or deny but we may edit our statement later."
Musk's stake in Twitter is considered a passive investment, which means Musk is a long-term investor that's looking to minimise his buying and selling of the shares. However, Musk has been raising questions about the ability to communicate freely on Twitter, tweeting last month about free speech and the social media platform and industry analysts were sceptical about the mercurial CEO remaining on the sidelines anywhere.
In addition to raising questions about freedom of speech on Twitter, Musk, in a separate tweet, said that he was “giving serious thought" to creating a new social media platform.
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