Although majority of the social networking platforms offer ways to edit contents upon posting, Twitter has been different since the beginning. For instance, whenever someone sends a tweet, it’s impossible to edit it. Although it’s possible to delete the tweet, with a larger audience, it’s impossible to stop people from saving initial content. Interestingly, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said that Twitter will not bring an edit button to the platform.
A lot of users over the years have asked for an edit button as it would make ways for better communication on the platform. If you have used Twitter since the platform’s early days, you might already know that users had to post a lot of tweets to clarify a statement. Although Twitter revealed that the company was considering debuting an edit button back in 2018, Dorsey dismissed the idea.
In a recent Q&A session, Dorsey said that the idea of an edit button goes against the concept of Twitter. He said, “We started as an SMS, text message service. And as you all know, when you send a text, you can’t really take it back. We wanted to preserve that vibe, that feeling, in the early days.”
While Dorsey seemed to be open to the idea of an edit button in the past, it seems that he has since then changed his mind. As a result, it’s likely that we will never see the feature. However, earlier last year, Dorsey said that Twitter is open to the idea of a ‘clarify’ feature that would function same role. In case you are interested in finding out more, you can check out the entire Q&A session in the video below.