Twitter is considering changing its messages, but it will be a long road

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Twitter users have been asking for the ability to edit their tweets for a long time. The social network has always refused to put the thing in place. The state of mind is changing, since Jack Dorsey, the founder of Twitter indicated (on Twitter obviously) that his social network needed this possibility, and this for everyone, not only verified accounts.

 

@howardlindzon not sure why you're quoting this tweet but yes, a form of edit is def needed. But for everyone, not just those w badges

— jack (@jack) December 29, 2016

 

Except that here, the reasons which pushed Twitter not to set it up at the time are still valid. The first of these is obviously to completely modify a widely shared tweet to change its meaning and spread false information, defamatory or even hateful speech. In the same vein, it could allow the dissemination of violent or pornographic images.

Many limits will therefore have to be put in place to avoid these problems. Perhaps the most obvious is to limit how long the tweet can be edited, and to clearly indicate that the post has been edited. One could also limit the number of modified characters. This would be enough to correct spelling mistakes, without completely changing the meaning of the message.

Twitter is working on the issue, among other things, and its boss has also invited users to share their ideas for improving the platform.

Following in the footsteps of Brian Chesky: what's the most important thing you want to see Twitter improve or create in 2017? #Twitter2017



— jack (@jack) December 29, 2016 to read also
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