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Twitter's editing function can be too

Twitter’s editing function can be too

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(Pocket-lint) – Twitter recently announced that it is developing an Edit Tweet button, allowing users to edit their existing tweets. It wasn’t clear how this feature might technically look and function when it was published, but a couple of app researchers who regularly sift through betas and codes to find unreleased features found evidence that Twitter is considering saving the editing history of a Tweet.

In a tweet over the weekend App researcher Jane Manchun Wong has claimed that Twitter’s upcoming editing feature appears to have an “unchanging” quality. This means that if you edit a Tweet, Twitter can create a new Tweet and any previous versions of the original Tweet will be preserved. “Twitter’s approach to tweet editing appears to be immutable, i.e. instead of changing the tweet text within the same tweet (same ID), a new tweet is created with the changed content, along with the list of old tweets before editing,” Manchun tweeted Wong.

Jay Sullivan, Twitter’s vice president of consumer products, recently admitted that the edit feature has been the “most wanted feature on Twitter” for many years and that Twitter has been exploring it over the past year. But without things like time limits, controls, and transparency about what’s been modified, Sullivan believes the editing feature “could be misused to alter public conversation history.”

Another application researcher, Alessandro Paluzzi, Also tweeted recently Screenshots of the editing feature showing what it might look like to users when you publish it. In one of the images, Paluzzi showed how the “Edit Tweet” option could appear under the three-dot menu in tweets. The edit screen also looks very similar to a normal tweet composer, but it shows your tweet and says “refresh” instead of “tweet”.

Interestingly enough, Paluzzi’s photos don’t display an option to see the edit date.

Written by Maggie Tillman.