We've probably all sent a tweet with a typo or a broken link -- or we forgot the image or missed a clever hashtag. Inevitably, we either deleted the tweet and try again, or reply to ourselves with the correction. It would be easier to edit, but Twitter (iOS, Android) doesn't have the option.
At a #Powerof18, an IIT event in India about social change and democracy, Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey shed some light on the subject.
"We have been considering this for a while and we have to do in the right way. We can't just rush it out. We can't make something which is distracting or takes anything away from the public record," Dorsey told the crowd.
Dorsey said that the company is concerned that an editing tool would potentially allow users to change past controversial or problematic tweets.
"The reason Twitter does not have an 'edit' button is because people may change their opinions by editing the original tweet and then people who don't agree with the original view, may have already retweeted the tweet, which is not an accurate representation of what they believe," Dorsey said.
For editing on Twitter to work, edited tweets need to be clearly marked as such. Users should also be able to see the revision history of an edited tweet. If something a user retweeted is later edited, anyone who retweeted or replied to the post should get a notification.
Last month, Dorsey told The Telegraph that Twitter might be getting rid of the "like" button. The company later tweeted that removing the option would promote more debate and discussion on the site.
"As we've been saying for a while, we are rethinking everything about the service to ensure we are incentivizing healthy conversation, that includes the like button. We are in the early stages of the work and have no plans to share right now," Twitter Comms tweeted.
Not everyone uses the site for political debate or shouting into the digital void. Removing the "like" button and only leaving the "retweet" option could potentially cause an exodus of users or a stall in activity.
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