Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey crushes millions of dreams with one word regarding the edit button
Like many in the tech and gaming sphere, I’ve been on Twitter for a hot minute. I’ve watched it grow and evolve into what it is today. I don’t really love what it is today, but that’s not necessarily the platform’s fault, but the racists and Trump supporter bots.
I digress. We’re here today to talk about a much-wanted feature that sadly doesn’t look like it will ever see the light of day according to Twitter co-founder and CEO, Jack Dorsey. We’re talking about the edit button obviously, but in a recent video Q&A from Wired, Dorsey crushes our dreams with a simple “No.”
Sadly, we shouldn’t expect an edit button to grace Twitter anytime soon
Dorsey’s reasoning? It would go against what the platform started as – an SMS/text-based service. Like, I get that, Jack, I really do, but even Gmail has an edit feature. Even if that means a twenty-second tweet delay, I’m sure most of us would be ok with that.
Now, editing live tweets, I can definitely see issues with. Social media has proven that we can’t give the general public too much credit and edits would be weaponized very quickly – regardless of how apparent Twitter makes them. It’s just a rough road to go down.
Our good friend Curtis agrees, noting
The ability to edit tweets would destroy the platform, in two ways: accountability and ignorance-based confusion. First, editing would have to come with some sort of version control – so you could see the original tweet. This would preserve facts and statements so they couldn’t be misquoted in the future. But with this version control would come a heap of confusion because people are fucking stupid and already refuse to have civil conversations online. So yeah, editing would be a terrible idea. People are too stupid to self-edit. We need to see their unfiltered truth, rather than a refined and changed statement because they are cowards or just plain wrong. Casey [Newton] will never get his wish.
Sadly, I have to agree with this. While I think a 20-30 second delay would make it work, it also takes away something from the platform – the instant gratification from thought to fingers to Send Tweet.
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