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Twitter is working on an edit button - but whether or not users should have the ability to edit their posts after sharing them has sparked debate.
The social media giant confirmed it was working on the feature after Tesla boss Elon Musk bought a 9.2 per cent stake in the company and joined its board of directors. However, the company have confirmed that they had been working on the plans in 2021, long before Musk brought his stake in the company.
Writing on Twitter, the social media platform said: “Now that everyone is asking…
“Yes, we’ve been working on an edit feature since last year!”
“No, we didn’t get the idea from a poll,” it said, adding a winking emoji.
“We’re kicking off testing within @TwitterBlue Labs in the coming months to learn what works, what doesn’t, and what’s possible.”
Twitter Blue Labs is the platform’s subscription service offering early access to features.
So what do Twitter users think?
YouTuber Tim Dodd responded to Musk’s poll to say there should be a few limitations to the feature. He suggested it should only be available for a few minutes, and when an edit is made there should be a link to the original.
He said: “This keeps a public record but allows the tweeter the ability to fix a simple mistake and not re-notify their followers with a new tweet.”
Musk responded: “That sounds reasonable.”.
But not everyone is quite so convinced, with accountability seemingly being the biggest concern users have:
.@matt_levine's take on the edit button is the only thing you need to read:\nhttps://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2022-04-05/elon-musk-got-a-twitter-board-seat?sref=2o0rZsF1\u00a0\u2026 https://twitter.com/TwitterComms/status/1511456430024364037\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/G3BAsjvYCv
Twitter doesn't need an edit button cos if this feature is added, it will cause complete chaos which in turn will ruin the platform; Twitter thrives on raw tweets, editing a tweet will affect the quoted retweets, replies & shared articles contextually. An edit button is a no-no.
Here's my argument against an edit button: What if a tweet goes viral, lots of retweets & millions of impressions, & then the author completely changes the meaning? Not just a grammatical fix, but a TOTAL ideological change? Or shameless self-promote?
Asking for an edit button has been such a silly performance considering that you can quickly delete and repost a tweet, and that the people who really care about typos are really just the author and a few random nerds who think calling out typos is a personality
Meta’s Chief Technology Officer Andrew Bosworth addressed people’s fears over how someone may be able to completely change a tweet after it goes viral.
He said: “We solved this on Facebook a long time ago. You just include an indicator that it has been edited along with a change log. If you are really worried about embeds they can point to a specific revision in that history but with a link to the latest edit. Not a real issue.”
Some people are in favour of it, including photographer Misan Harriman.
In a video from November that has since been reshared by other Twitter users, Harriman said the edit button would alleviate the anxiety some people with dyslexia feel when using the platform:
My dyslexia means I struggle with spelling, grammar and I always miss words out. The lack of an edit button makes @Twitter a particularly anxious experience for many folks like me. @jack I am politely begging you to allow the editing of tweets. So many people genuinely need this.pic.twitter.com/Tr6QssYvpw
I\u2019m legit suuuuuper shocked to see so many people against an edit button. Who cares if someone changes what their earlier opinion was? It\u2019s social media\u2026 it\u2019s not a big deal AT ALL!