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Twitter edit button not happening this year, says Jack Dorsey, explaining why


Added 01-15-20 09:31:01am EST - “A Twitter edit button would easily top any poll for the most-requested new feature on the social network. But CEO Jack Dorsey says it's not happening ...” - 9to5mac.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From 9to5mac.com: “Twitter edit button not happening this year, and probably never - 9to5Mac”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A Twitter edit button would easily top any poll for the most-requested new feature on the social network. But CEO Jack Dorsey says it’s not happening this year, and he’s explained why in a new video Q&A…

We’ve all done it: posted a tweet and literally seconds later spotted a typo, forgotten link, or some other problem that we’d like to be able to quickly correct.

That experience has led countless Twitter users to request an edit button, even if it’s only for a very limited time.

Dorsey explains that the reason editing was never offered from the start was a simple technical one: you originally tweeted via SMS, and once a text message was sent, there was no way to recall it. That reason is now merely a historical footnote, but he says the company wanted to “preserve that vibe.” And no, we don’t know what that means, either.

He explains that the key problem is retweets. If edits are allowed, someone could retweet something, and the author could then edit the tweet to say something completely different.

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