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04 Feb 2019

Twitter CEO explains how long-awaited 'edit' button might work

For years, Twitter users have been asking for a way to edit tweets, aka an 'edit' button.

The feature has long been said to be in the works, but nobody exactly knows what it would look like or how it will work.

Now, Jack Dorsey, the CEO of the 12-year-old microblogging site, has given some insight into it.

Here's what he said.

In context

Twitter may soon get 'edit' button
'Edit' button to work in short window

Working

'Edit' button to work in short window

Speaking at the Joe Rogan show, Dorsey indicated that Twitter is considering to add an edit button, which could be developed to "introduce a 5-second to 30-second delay in the sending [of tweet]."

He claimed within this window one might be able to edit the tweet and emphasized that offering a longer window might take away the real-time nature of the conversation.

Context

Original tweets would still appear

As Twitter serves as a social media of records, editability might also give people a way to change these records.

This is why Twitter is exploring the idea of showing a changelog of the original tweet with the edited one, Dorsey indicated.

It would ensure the 'edit' button is only used for correcting typos and not for completely changing what people had originally said.

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Dorsey also explained why we don't have edit yet

Reason

Dorsey also explained why we don't have edit yet

Dorsey also noted why we still don't have the edit button like Facebook.

"The reason we don't have edit in the first place is we were built on SMS," he said, noting that "once you send a text, you can't take it back. So when you send a tweet it goes to the world instantaneously. You can't take it back."

Availability

However, the release timeline still remains unclear

While Dorsey's remarks suggest Twitter is looking at the possibility of adding an 'edit' button, it still remains unclear when that might happen.

The Twitter boss didn't exactly reveal when the company is planning to introduce the option.

However, considering the interface changes the platform has been getting lately, it won't be a surprise to see its roll-out in the near future.

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When edit button would launch?

Will edit button work like that on Facebook?

Will people be able to change facts using edit button?

Will Twitter remove the like button?

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When edit button would launch?

Asked on 04-02-2019 by Chirag Sharma

Answered by NewsBytes

As of now, it is not clear when the edit button would launch.

Will edit button work like that on Facebook?

Asked on 04-02-2019 by Cheshta Kapur

Answered by NewsBytes

It is expected to, but the window for editing might vary on Twitter.

Will people be able to change facts using edit button?

Asked on 04-02-2019 by Cheshta Verma

Answered by NewsBytes

This, in particular, has been a challenge for Twitter. The company wants to offer edit without letting people change the tone of a conversation on the platform.

Will Twitter remove the like button?

Asked on 04-02-2019 by Shaurya Chavan

Answered by NewsBytes

It was reported, but Twitter later confirmed that it is just a possibility and the like button is not being removed anytime soon.

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