Twitter could soon get new 'clarification' feature

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15 Feb 2019

Soon, you could get new 'clarify' option for tweets

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has suggested another alternative for the long-awaited 'edit' button.

Speaking at a recent conference, Dorsey emphasized on a 'clarification' option that could help users explain the context of their original tweet instead of changing it completely.

The feature is not confirmed but can be introduced instead of a full-fledged edit option.

Here's more about it.

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How 'clarification' might work

How 'clarification' might work

Speaking at the Goldman Sachs' Internet and Technology Conference on Thursday, Dorsey discussed the 'clarification' feature aimed at giving users a 'credible' way to add context to their tweets.

He said it would be "kind of like a quote retweet, a retweet with comment...to add some context and some color on what they [users] might have tweeted or what they might have meant."

Benefit

This could solve problems of full-fledged edit

The clarify feature could solve a major challenge associated with the idea of an edit button: fact altering.

Basically, the option would give users a way to explain what they had said with added comments without altering the original tweet altogether.

Edibility, be it for fresh or old tweets, has long been delayed due to the possibility of fact alteration from its introduction.

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Clarification would be retweeted with original post

Clarification would be retweeted with original post

As per Dorsey, the clarification feature, once used, would disable retweets for the original post.

The user would be able to retweet the clarification, which means the original post would always go together with its context.

He said it could make using Twitter more comfortable but emphasized that the option is still not confirmed for launch.

Release

No confirmation on edit or clarification features

Having said that, there's still no saying if Twitter will add an option to correct tweets or to add more context to them.

A spokesperson from the company claimed the clarification feature, if really developed, would be tested with news publications and journalists to help them correct facts that might have been wrong or incomplete in any way.

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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?

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When edit button would launch?

Asked 2019-02-15 19:09:27 by Ridhi Jhadav

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

Will edit button work like that on Facebook?

Asked 2019-02-15 19:09:27 by Hemant Chauhan

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 2019-02-15 19:09:27 by Shaurya Mukopadhyay

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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 2019-02-15 19:09:27 by Shreya Bhatnagar

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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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