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Twitter founder says the service will not add an ‘edit’ button

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Twitter will “probably never” introduce an edit button for tweets, according to Jack Dorsey, the social network’s founder and CEO.

While users have always been able to delete a tweet in its entirety, editing them post-publication for grammatical or factual errors has always been impossible.

An edit feature has been long requested by Twitter users looking for an easier way to amend errors in their tweets, but Dorsey cast fresh doubts about it ever arriving.

During a Q&A for Wired, the entrepreneur was asked whether an edit button would land in 2020, to which he responded: “The answer is no.”

Such a feature may have come in handy for celebrities such as Donald Trump, who infamously ended a Tweet half way through with the nonsense word “covfefe”, or Mary J. Blige who asked Twitter in 2010: “Why is that people always try to understand estimate my intelligents?”.

Explaining the reasons against an editing function, Dorsey 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.”

He reiterated previous concerns about how an edit button would work if content is retweeted, completely changing the meaning of what was originally shared.

Dorsey also said the company had “considered” a one-minute or 30-second window to allow people to amend any spelling mistakes or broken links, but this would mean delaying tweets from being sent, which it is reluctant to do.

“These are all the considerations, it’s just work, but we’ll probably never do it,” he explained.

The platform isn’t averse to dramatic changes: in 2018 it doubled the possible length of individual tweets to 280 characters after experimenting with the proposal for some months.

Last year, it banned all political advertising from its service, saying social media companies give advertisers an unfair advantage in proliferating highly targeted, misleading messages.

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