‘How to edit a tweet’ has been on the minds of millions of Twitter users since the beginning of the social media platform. However, Twitter CEO,
Jack Dorsey says that while he recognizes the need for the feature, they’re still working out how to implement in the background.
He said that the company has to carefully consider use cases for the edit button before making it a reality – and it could potentially be tooled to help fix typos.
“You have to pay attention to what are the use cases for the edit button. A lot of people want the edit button because they want to quickly fix a mistake they made. Like a misspelling or tweeting the wrong URL. That’s a lot more achievable than allowing people to edit any tweet all the way back in time,” Dorsey said.
He added that Twitter will ideally prevent unlimited editing, because then anyone could abuse the feature to alter their controversial or damning statements later on. Dorsey noted that the company wants to implement a solution that solves a problem and removes what “people see as friction in the service.”
“We have been considering this for a while and we have to do in the right way. We can’t just rush it out. We can’t make something which is distracting or takes anything away from the public record,” said the Twitter CEO.
Back in 2016, Dorsey said that the company ‘has been thinking a lot about it.’ This means that it’s been a good two years. For now, the only way to edit a tweet is to copy and paste the tweet, delete it, and then make a new tweet.
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