Owing to the growing frustration for the lack of an edit button on Twitter, the company’s CEO Jack Dorsey has shed some light on the company’s plans to build an edit button for Tweets. Speaking at an event at IIT Delhi, India, he said that the company has to carefully consider the use cases for the edit button before making it a reality.
Jack further added that Twitter will ideally prevent unlimited editing so that no one can abuse the feature to alter their statements later on. Dorsey noted that the company wants to implement a solution that solves a problem and removes what “people see as friction in the service.” The company clarified that it has been considering this edit functionality for a while and is aiming to do it right.
“We can’t make something which is distracting or takes anything away from the public record,” said the Twitter CEO. In 2016, Dorsey said that the company “has been thinking a lot” about an edit button for tweets, but nothing came to fruition.
Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO said:
You have to pay attention to what are the use cases for the edit button. A lot of people want the edit button because they want to quickly fix a mistake they made. Like a misspelling or tweeting the wrong URL. That’s a lot more achievable than allowing people to edit any tweet all the way back in time.