Twitter’s edit function could keep all previous versions of a tweet.
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(Pocket-lint) – Twitter recently revealed that it’s developing an edit button or a way for users to edit their existing tweets. It’s still unclear what it will look like and how it will technically work when it’s live, but two app researchers, who regularly dig through betas and code for new features, have found evidence that Twitter plans to keep track of a tweet’s edit history.
In a tweet posted this weekend, Application researcher Jane Manchun Wong says Twitter’s upcoming editing feature appears to have an “unchangeable” quality. This means that Twitter can create a new tweet when you edit a tweet, and it will retain all previous versions of the original tweet. “It seems that Twitter’s approach to tweet editing is immutable, i.e. instead of editing tweet text within the same tweet (same ID), it recreates a new tweet with edited content, as well as a list of old tweets prior to this edit,” Manchun Wong tweeted.
It seems Twitter’s approach to editing a Tweet is set in stone, because instead of editing the Tweet text within the same Tweet (same ID), it recreates a new Tweet with the edited content, along with the list old Tweets before this change –
Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) April 16, 2022
Keep in mind that Jay Sullivan, vice president of consumer products at Twitter, recently admitted that an editing feature has been “the most requested” for many years, and that Twitter has been exploring it for the year. last. But in the absence of elements such as time limits, controls and transparency over what has been edited, Sullivan believes an editing feature “could be misused to alter the recording. of public conversation”.
Another applications researcher, Alessandro Paluzzi, has also recently tweeted screenshots of an edit function, revealing how it might appear to users when launched. In one of the images, Paluzzi showed how an “Edit Tweet” option could be under the three-dot menu on your tweets. The edit screen also looks a lot like the regular tweet composer, but it shows your tweet and says “Updated” instead of “Tweet”.
– Alessandro Paluzzi (@alex193a) April 15, 2022
Interestingly, the Paluzzi images don’t show an option to see the history of changes.
Written by Maggie Tillman.