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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Says a Form of Editing is Needed

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In a conversation on Twitter this morning that followed a call for ideas to improve the Twitter platform, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he believes some form of editing function is needed on the social network.

Twitter is one of the few social networks where editing content that's been shared is not possible, despite Twitter users having long desired the feature. On social networks like Facebook and Instagram, editing content that's already been posted to fix spelling and other errors is possible.

The original question posed to Dorsey suggested Twitter users with badges verifying identity be allowed to edit, but Dorsey said editing should be a feature available for all Twitter users, not just those that have been verified. In additional tweets, Dorsey said an editing feature is being considered, and he asked whether a short editing window would be sufficient for correcting mistakes or if editing should be allowed at any time.

@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

It's not clear if and when Dorsey's feelings on an edit function will translate into an actual edit feature implemented on Twitter, but Twitter has been making a lot of positive changes in recent months and Dorsey says the company is "thinking a lot" about editing and how it would work on Twitter.

Back in September, Twitter implemented a change to its character limit, making it so photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and quoted tweets no longer count towards the 140-character limit. According to Dorsey, Twitter is also exploring better tweet storm tools, improved search relevance, better conversation threading, a more consistent response to hate speech and more transparency, and improvements to direct messages.

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thadoggfather

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Jack Dorsey is a piece of garbage, you have this guy always challenging the first amendment. And secretly admires twitter being a vessel of hate and ignorance and people saying things they wouldn't say in real life. And not talking about this article- in relation to this article, doesn't really matter if twitter gets edit function, when it's out there it's out there. Can't have people unsee deleted or edited or modified re-posts

 
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dmdev

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The only reason not to allow editing is so that "gotcha" games can still be played. Is it sooo vital that a tweet be unaltered for historical reasons?
 
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I'd love a 5 to 15 minute window to correct mthspellings and omissions. But no more than that because I'd hate to "like" somebody's Tweet and then have them completely change their Tweet to something hideous several hours later.
That is especially true given how smart is the auto-correct feature...
 

Shookster

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The only reason not to allow editing is so that "gotcha" games can still be played. Is it sooo vital that a tweet be unaltered for historical reasons?

1. Person posts perfectly normal tweet.
2. Famous person / politician likes tweet.
3. Person edits tweet to say something nefarious.
4. Newspapers: "OMG! Famous person liked something terrible!"

Disallowing editing has nothing to do with "gotcha" games because there's already a solution for that: delete the tweet.
 

CarlJ

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I'd love a 5 to 15 minute window to correct mthspellings and omissions. But no more than that because I'd hate to "like" somebody's Tweet and then have them completely change their Tweet to something hideous several hours later.
Yeah, the basic problem has always been:

1. Post "retweet if you like puppies!" (with adorable picture)
2. Get 100K likes/retweets.
3. Change text to "retweet if you like Hitler and Satan!"

They need a way to either allow only grammatical/typographical changes to text/links that do not alter the meaning (and AI just isn't that good yet), or have all likes/retweets dropped if the original is changed (possibly with some sort of update pushed out to the clients of anyone who has liked/retweeted, saying, "old version pulled, click okay to apply your like/retweet to this replacement"), or have something that makes it really apparent that the change has been made (replacement tweet with original tweet below it in slightly smaller print? Something that favors the new text but presents the original prominently enough that anyone will notice the change... hard to come up with a happy medium).
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Jack Dorsey is a piece of garbage, ...
What's with the picture? Is it you, or him, or some random image off the internet? Is it added to your post as evidence of something, or intended to sway people's opinions in some way? Does spiky blue hair make a difference?
 
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The only reason not to allow editing is so that "gotcha" games can still be played. Is it sooo vital that a tweet be unaltered for historical reasons?

Yes, particularly now that the most powerful person in the free world is likely going to be governing and setting policy with them.
 
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Should be given 60 seconds to edit your tweet. Once you are in edit mode, you have 5 minutes to make the change.

You can't add or delete words, only correct spelling.
 
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The only way I'd be happy about editable tweets is if it shows a changelog you can view the old versions in.

It is *very* important people can be held accountable for things they've said. The potential for trolling and abuse is insane if you can just change your targeting tweets after the fact.
 

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The only way I'd be happy about editable tweets is if it shows a changelog you can view the old versions in.

It is *very* important people can be held accountable for things they've said. The potential for trolling and abuse is insane if you can just change your targeting tweets after the fact.

This. It's 140 characters, how hard can it be? The time to proof the tweet is before a person hastily hits the send button.
 
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Pakaku

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Editing is a bad idea when it hides the original content, but "follow-ups" that are attached to the original tweet would work. You would be able to correct yourself or clear up misunderstandings, but you wouldn't be erasing anything you formerly said.
 

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Editing is a bad idea when it hides the original content, but "follow-ups" that are attached to the original tweet would work. You would be able to correct yourself or clear up misunderstandings, but you wouldn't be erasing anything you formerly said.

Right. But you can already do that now.
 

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In a conversation on Twitter this morning that followed a call for ideas to improve the Twitter platform, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he believes some form of editing function is needed on the social network.

Twitter is one of the few social networks where editing content that's been shared is not possible, despite Twitter users having long desired the feature. On social networks like Facebook and Instagram, editing content that's already been posted to fix spelling and other errors is possible.

The original question posed to Dorsey suggested Twitter users with badges verifying identity be allowed to edit, but Dorsey said editing should be a feature available for all Twitter users, not just those that have been verified. In additional tweets, Dorsey said an editing feature is being considered, and he asked whether a short editing window would be sufficient for correcting mistakes or if editing should be allowed at any time.


It's not clear if and when Dorsey's feelings on an edit function will translate into an actual edit feature implemented on Twitter, but Twitter has been making a lot of positive changes in recent months and Dorsey says the company is "thinking a lot" about editing and how it would work on Twitter.

Back in September, Twitter implemented a change to its character limit, making it so photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and quoted tweets no longer count towards the 140-character limit. According to Dorsey, Twitter is also exploring better tweet storm tools, improved search relevance, better conversation threading, a more consistent response to hate speech and more transparency, and improvements to direct messages.

Article Link: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Says a Form of Editing is Needed

Why not just leave it as it is? It makes people who tweet think first and review before hitting the send button. Makes people think first instead of just saying whatever, knowing that once the say, they cannot take it back.

Also, it always opens oppurtunity for hacking and changing tweets. Not worth it.

Leave it as it is and teach people to think first instead of just texting whatever. Makes people resonsible for their tweets.
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In a conversation on Twitter this morning that followed a call for ideas to improve the Twitter platform, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said he believes some form of editing function is needed on the social network.

Twitter is one of the few social networks where editing content that's been shared is not possible, despite Twitter users having long desired the feature. On social networks like Facebook and Instagram, editing content that's already been posted to fix spelling and other errors is possible.

The original question posed to Dorsey suggested Twitter users with badges verifying identity be allowed to edit, but Dorsey said editing should be a feature available for all Twitter users, not just those that have been verified. In additional tweets, Dorsey said an editing feature is being considered, and he asked whether a short editing window would be sufficient for correcting mistakes or if editing should be allowed at any time.


It's not clear if and when Dorsey's feelings on an edit function will translate into an actual edit feature implemented on Twitter, but Twitter has been making a lot of positive changes in recent months and Dorsey says the company is "thinking a lot" about editing and how it would work on Twitter.

Back in September, Twitter implemented a change to its character limit, making it so photos, videos, GIFs, polls, and quoted tweets no longer count towards the 140-character limit. According to Dorsey, Twitter is also exploring better tweet storm tools, improved search relevance, better conversation threading, a more consistent response to hate speech and more transparency, and improvements to direct messages.

Article Link: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey Says a Form of Editing is Needed

Why not just leave it as it is? It makes people who tweet think first and review before hitting the send button. Makes people think first instead of just saying whatever, knowing that once the say, they cannot take it back.

Also, it always opens oppurtunity for hacking and changing tweets if they open editing. Not worth it.

Leave it as it and teach people to think first instead of just texting or tweeting whatever. Makes people responsible for their tweets.
 

Chase R

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Twitter is free to do what they want. I don't like the idea of editing, given the nature of the twitter platform, but they are a business and can do whatever they want when it comes down to it. Either way, I think twitter's days are numbered if they continue to let politics affect the way they operate, which has been blatenly biased as of late.
 

FinderMinder

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There's way too much wrong with contemporary tweets–Twitter needs to set up some kind of review board. They should be reviewing and approving tweets with controversial tags before they go out to air.

I don't understand why people are in favour of bullying and offensive remarks on such a wide platform. We need good editors now.
 
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