Jack Dorsey says Twitter could soon let users ‘clarify’ old tweets – but he stops short of calling it an edit button
- Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey spoke on stage at a Goldman Sachs event this week
- Dorsey said he’s considering launching a tool that lets users clarify their tweets
- If users spot a flaw in an old tweet, they’d be able to clarify or annotate the post
- Then, any future retweets would list any clarifications to show it’s been edited
Twitter has some good news for users who may be embarrassed by old tweets.
Speaking at a Goldman Sachs event, CEO Jack Dorsey said he’s considering rolling out a feature that would let users ‘clarify’ tweets that have already been published.
It comes as users have been clamoring for several years to get Twitter to introduce an edit button.
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Speaking at a Goldman Sachs event, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he’s considering rolling out a feature that would let users ‘clarify’ tweets that have already been published
HOW COULD TWEET EDITING WORK?
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has previously said two types of editing were under consideration.
One would give users a brief window of time after the post was sent – five minutes, for example – to make any corrections.
The other would work in a similar way to Facebook’s editing feature, allowing allows users to amend what they wrote at any time, but with a log of the changes visible.
A clarification tool would let people add clarifications or annotations to old tweets, Dorsey explained.
This could prevent people’s tweets from being misconstrued or if they publish a tweet, only to realize it’s missing important details, they could add it in later on.
There’s currently no way to edit tweets; if you make a mistake, your only options are to delete the whole post, or stick with the error.
‘The other thing that we’re seeing more broadly within the culture right now in this particular moment is people quote-unquote ‘being cancelled’ because of past things they’ve said on Twitter or various other places in social media,’ Dorsey said at the Goldman Sachs event, according to Recode.
‘There’s no credible way to kind of go back and clarify or even have a conversation to show the learning and the transition since.’
Users can already add additional context to a tweet by using the quote tweet tool, but for some, it may not be enough.
Additionally, if a tweet goes viral, users often miss a quote tweet that adds further context.
A clarification tool would let people add clarifications or annotations to old tweets, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (pictured) explained. However, he didn’t confirm if this feature is in the works
Letting users clarify a tweet could solve that problem.
‘How do we enable people to quickly go back or to any tweet, whether it be years back or today, and show that original tweet – kind of like a quote retweet, a retweet with comment – and to add some context and some color on what they might have tweeted or what they might have meant,’ Dorsey said.
‘…You would just show the clarification, you would be able to retweet the clarification, so it always carries around with it that context.
‘That’s one approach. Not saying that we are going to launch that but those are the sorts of questions we are going to ask,’ he added.
A Twitter spokesperson told Recode that if the company decides to test this tool, it would first be trialed among journalists first.
It could prove to be a helpful tool, especially in the case of a breaking news alert, wherein more details emerge and previously tweeted information is false or misleading.
Kim KardashianWest asked Dorsey in person about adding a like button at her husband Kanye West’s birthday party. ‘Now I see why I was invited!’, Dorsey jokingly replied to her tweet
Additionally, people in the spotlight, such as celebrities and other famous figures, could clarify old tweets.
This issue rose to the forefront with comedian Kevin Hart, who lost out on hosting the 2019 Academy Awards after homophobic tweets from 2011 resurfaced.
The possibility of an edit button has been widely discussed – and even Kim Kardashian asked Dorsey in person about it at her husband Kanye West’s birthday party.
Kardashian West said she spoke with Dorsey at husband Kanye West’s birthday bash. ‘I had a very good convo with @jack this weekend at Kanye’s bday and I think he really heard me out on the edit button,’ she wrote to her 60 million Twitter followers.
In response to her tweet, Dorsey replied, ‘Now I see why I was invited!’
Users have been requesting the ability to edit tweets virtually since Twitter’s birth.
IS TWITTER SET TO KILL OFF THE LIKE BUTTON?
Twitter could soon kill off the ‘Like’ button.
The social media giant said it’s in the ‘early stages’ of considering whether or not to remove the like button, which appears as a heart icon, as part of an overall redesign of the platform.
It comes after CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly said at an event last week that he would get rid of the heart-shaped button ‘soon,’ according to the Telegraph.
But Twitter said the change may not be coming as soon as users think.
‘As we’ve been saying for a while, we are rethinking everything about the service to ensure we are incentivizing healthy conversation, that includes the like button,’ Twitter’s communications unit said in a tweet.
‘We are in the early stages of the work and have no plans to share right now.’
At the WIRED25 summit this month, Dorsey further detailed his thoughts on the like feature, saying he was unhappy with the ‘big like button with the heart on it.’
Dorsey stopped short of saying the firm would remove the feature, however.
Some have noted that Twitter may get rid of the like button and, in its place, emphasize the ‘Bookmark’ feature rolled out earlier this year.