No more mistakes in your tweets: Twitter to finally announce the “edit” option for tweets
People have been required to delete and repost their tweets with errors or mislabels for years, as opposed to having the option to change them retroactively. This is not usual of social media platforms, and it has been a consistent source of dissatisfaction from a large number of users.
Users of Twitter have been pushing for the network to include a “edit” option for quite some time, despite the fact that top executives and security professionals have expressed their reservations. However, the capability that the pro-editing side desires is currently being evaluated by the corporation, so their hopes may be realized sooner rather than later. On Thursday, he sent out a tweet in which he said that “if you see an amended tweet, it is because we are testing the edit button.”
It is unknown whether people will see edited tweets in their feeds or how many users will see them. However, the website posted a screenshot of what that feature will look like when it is released. The screenshot shows a pen icon and a date that says “last edited” in the bottom left corner of a tweet.
Twitter stated in a blog post that it is currently conducting internal testing of the feature with a small group, and that it intends to roll it out to Twitter Blue subscribers in the near future, beginning with a localization in one country (which has not been specified), and then gradually expanding in subsequent weeks. “Since this is our most requested feature to date, we wanted to update you on our progress and give you a heads up that even if you’re not in the test group, everyone will still be able to see if a Tweet has been edited.” adds. “Since this is our most requested feature to date, we wanted to update you on our progress and give you a heads up that even if you’re not in the test group, everyone will still
Testers will have the ability to change their tweets “many times” within the first half an hour after they have posted them. Tweets that have been edited will display an icon, timestamp, and label. Any user can click on these elements to view the complete edit history of the tweet and any earlier versions of it.
The organization expresses the expectation that the timeline and edit history will assist in “protecting the integrity of the conversation and creating a public record of what was said.”
Given Twitter’s place in public discourse and its status as a de facto news source, skeptics have long cautioned that the edit button could result in unexpected outcomes. According to a story by Shannon Bond of NPR, some people in the tech industry are concerned that it could make Twitter’s existing security and disinformation issues worse, despite the fact that they believe the design of the button could help ease some of those worries.
Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter and former CEO until his resignation in November, fought against the implementation of an edit button and notably stated to The Verge in 2020 that “we probably never will.” But even since then, a lot of things have changed. When Elon Musk made his bid to purchase Twitter in April, he polled his followers and discovered that an overwhelming majority of them supported the addition of such an option to Twitter (Musk has since rescinded his offer, and Twitter is now suing him to force him to bought the company for 44 billion dollars).