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Jack Dorsey makes it clear: Twitter won’t ever get an edit button

Jack Dorsey makes it clear: Twitter will never get an edit button


Twitter customers could be clamoring for an edit button, however the social media web site has no plans to honor these requests, mentioned co-founder Jack Dorsey on Tuesday.

Dorsey, answering consumer questions in a video from Wired, mentioned there have been “sensible concerns” that make the addition of an edit button difficult.

Twitter, Dorsey mentioned, began as an SMS messaging service, the place messages couldn’t be modified as soon as despatched. That heritage is a giant a part of the rationale the corporate resisted preliminary requires an edit button.

“We needed to protect the vibe and feeling within the early days,” he mentioned.

The edit button is without doubt one of the most requested options on Twitter. And Dorsey has teased the concept of including one earlier than, however now appears to have dominated it out.

With the service now getting used on a wider variety of platforms, and a a lot bigger variety of customers, the corporate’s considerations have shifted. By letting customers edit their Tweets, mentioned Dorsey, others may inadvertently unfold quickly altering misinformation or opinions they don’t agree with.

“You would possibly ship a tweet and somebody would possibly retweet that and an hour later you would possibly fully change the content material of that tweet,” he mentioned. “The individual that retweeted the unique tweet is now retweeting and rebroadcasting one thing that’s fully totally different. In order that’s one thing to be careful for.”

Don’t take into consideration suggesting a time-frame to right errors you discover as quickly as you hit the Tweet button, both. Dorsey preemptively dominated that out as effectively.

“We’ve thought-about a one minute window or 30 second window to right one thing, however which means now we have to delay [the Tweet] earlier than we are able to ship it out,” he mentioned. “It’s simply work, however we’ll in all probability by no means do it.”

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