Twitter is lastly giving in.
The social media large announced Tuesday that, sure, it is really for actual engaged on an edit button that it plans to begin testing within the “coming months.” And no, it hastened so as to add, this transfer has nothing to do with Elon Musk.
“sure, we’ve been engaged on an edit characteristic since final yr,” wrote the company. “no, we didn’t get the thought from a ballot”
The “poll” in question was one run by newly emboldened Twitter shareholder and shortly to be board member Elon Musk, who on April 4 requested Twitter customers in the event that they wished an edit button added to the platform.
Notably, Twitter has long been opposed to letting users edit tweets after they’ve gone live. The logic, explained by then Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey in 2020, nonetheless makes as a lot sense now because it did then.
“You may ship a tweet after which somebody may retweet that and an hour later you utterly change the content material of that tweet and that individual that retweeted the unique tweet is now retweeting and rebroadcasting one thing utterly totally different,” he mentioned in an interview with Wired.
We reached out to Twitter and requested whether it is not anxious in regards to the state of affairs described by Dorsey. An organization spokesperson mentioned Twitter had nothing else to say on that particular matter at the moment, however did level us to an April 5 thread from Jay Sullivan, Twitter’s head of client product, that basically amounted to an admission that this might all go terribly fallacious.
“With out issues like closing dates, controls, and transparency about what has been edited, Edit might be misused to change the document of the general public dialog,” wrote Sullivan partly. “Defending the integrity of that public dialog is our high precedence after we strategy this work.”
Now that Dorsey is out, the top brass at Twitter have apparently decided to check out throwing an enormous edit-button wrench within the Twitter machine.
Good luck with that.