Twitter says it’s testing the edit button

Did you write a witty tweet and feel great about it, only to find out about that annoying little misspelling?

Did you write that fiery opinion, only to discover a small factual error?

Would you like the earth to swallow you?

We’ve all been there. And it looks like Twitter is just beginning to understand some of these very human embarrassing issues.

This is why Twitter announced on September 1, 2022 that it was ULTIMATELY bringing THE ‘edit button’ to the platform. Yes, you heard right. Most Wanted or Most Undesirable feature – depending on how you look at it – is currently being tested in real time. And no, this time Twitter isn’t just debating the topic or asking a Twitter poll question or writing a blog about it; they are testing it.

What is Twitter’s plan? Currently, the edit button is being tested internally on Twitter.

Then, the editing function will be extended to Twitter Blue subscribers by the end of the month. This expansion will only be limited to one country for now. Anyway, Twitter Blue subscription is not available in several countries including India.

How will the edit button work? Twitter is where official announcements are made, by governments around the world and other personalities. It is the gospel of modern times. But for some Twitter users, a gospel that can be changed is a nightmare. Critics of the edit feature say it can be misused by users.

What if, a politician makes a problematic statement only to change it later and wash his hands of responsibility and accountability?

What if, people like Elon Musk, who have the power to move the markets, make a statement that disproves the market value of a company, only to change it later when scrutinized by regulators?

The possibilities are limitless. Not even Twitter knows how it can be misused.

“Like any new feature, we intentionally test Edit Tweet with a smaller group to help us integrate comments while identifying and addressing potential issues. This includes how people might abuse the feature, Twitter said. in his blog post.

Like any new feature, we’re intentionally testing Edit Tweet with a smaller group to help us integrate comments while identifying and fixing potential issues. This includes how people might abuse the feature.

-Twitter

Twitter also addressed a few fears people have with an edit button:

  1. Tweets can only be edited a limited number of times in 30 minutes of their publication. This means that you can’t edit your one-day or one-year-old tweet that has become an issue.
  2. Edited tweets will be tagged as such for the readers.
  3. Viewers will also be able to see all versions of your tweet, including the original one. So, in essence, your embarrassing mistake or deliberate problematic statement is really going nowhere.

Twitter says, “The time limit and version history play an important role here. They help protect the integrity of the conversation and create a publicly available record of what was said.”

The time limit and the version history play an important role here. They help protect the integrity of the conversation and create a publicly available record of what was said.

-Twitter

What was the reaction? While some are happy with the announcement, others are worried. Critics say they will start taking screenshots of tweets they find interesting or problematic to preserve them while holding the author accountable.

Would you expend as much energy as taking a screenshot and “quote-tweeting” a tweet or letting screenshots take up space on your phone’s memory?

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