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Twitter CEO considers implementing an edit function

Will Twitter finally get an edit function in 2017?
Will Twitter finally get an edit function in 2017?
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's opening question to his users
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's opening question to his users
One of Dorsey's responses to the multitude of requests for Twitter to introduce an edit button
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One of Dorsey's responses to the multitude of requests for Twitter to introduce an edit button
Another big query was what Twitter is doing to manage trolling and online harassment
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Another big query was what Twitter is doing to manage trolling and online harassment
Will Twitter finally get an edit function in 2017?
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Will Twitter finally get an edit function in 2017?

In a spontaneous, expansive and open conversation with the public on Thursday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey noted that the company is "thinking a lot" about ways to incorporate an edit function into its social media platform.

Dorsey started his Q&A with a call out to all users asking, "What's the most important thing you want to see Twitter improve or create in 2017?" He then impressively spent the next few hours comprehensively engaging with the multitude of replies that flowed in.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's opening question to his users
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey's opening question to his users

The most prominent request to come through was that of adding an edit function, something that most other major social media platforms have already integrated. Dorsey openly discussed with users the different editing possibilities that could be implemented, from a short five minute window following initial publishing, to a more comprehensive long term editing function. It was noted that a longer-term editing function would be a more complicated process to implement as it would need to include a change log, since Twitter is often considered public record.

One of Dorsey's responses to the multitude of requests for Twitter to introduce an edit button
One of Dorsey's responses to the multitude of requests for Twitter to introduce an edit button

After a contentious year with stories abounding around fake news on social networks and problems with online harassment Dorsey also noted that, "giving people better controls against abuse is our top priority". Those who have been frustrated with unexpected TV or movie spoilers should be happy too, with Dorsey mentioning his team are working on implementing a way to mute all tweets mentioning certain key words.

Another big query was what Twitter is doing to manage trolling and online harassment
Another big query was what Twitter is doing to manage trolling and online harassment

Of course, none of this is confirmed in terms of what will actually be implemented on the platform, but it certainly shows a refreshing transparency from Dorsey and a willingness to evolve Twitter over the coming year.

4 comments
Nairda
"he who controls the past controls the future" Twitter would join the line of the fallen Let users have an option to view their message in its entirety before they 'confirm send'. Once sent,.. to history it is written, as it should be.
JohnnyWhite
I'm against it. Imagine trump--with help from someone more literate--able to edit at will, after the fact, any or his his inane, insane excrescences. No, Let the tweets unfold as are. Edit as you go, or delete the whole, nothing in between.
Joseph Monroe
After all these years? An edit feature. I think Donald Trump must have asked for this feature.
Daishi
I want to filter out all of the opinions that disagree with my own to prevent my views from ever being challenged. #SafeSpace2017