Twitter Could Get Option for 'Clarifying' Tweets

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey today commented on the possibility of an edit button for tweets, suggesting Twitter is considering a feature that might let people go back and add clarifications or annotations to older tweets.

    As shared by Recode, Dorsey said that right now, there's "no credible way" for people to "go back and clarify" their older tweets, a problem that Twitter wants to solve.
    Dorsey has been talking about adding some kind of edit feature to Twitter, something that most users on Twitter want, for months now, but no editing feature has materialized.

    The clarification feature mentioned here isn't the type of editing option for typos and errors that people are hoping for, but it could let users add clarifications to tweets that will be seen by everyone, unlike a quoted tweet.

    In a statement, a Twitter spokesperson said that if the feature is created -- and it's not guaranteed -- that it would be tested with journalists and newsmakers, giving them a way to clear things up if something inaccurate or incomplete is tweeted.

    Article Link: Twitter Could Get Option for 'Clarifying' Tweets
  2. jsmith189 macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2014
    Orrrrrrrrr you could just give people the edit they were looking for. This seems like a very unnecessary solution to a pretty simple problem.
  3. daveheinzel macrumors newbie


    Jun 29, 2007
    Just use a normal edit button, and show edits that have been made in a small clickable link that shows a change log.
  4. Xenc macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2010
    London, England
    That is what is bring proposed, they’re just being very careful to not call it “edit”
  5. otozuz macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2010
    I see what you’re saying – that’s what FB does if I remember right – but I feel on Twitter a different and a bit more exposed approach could be useful, considering it’s a platform used as a digital podium by people in prominent positions. I can already imagine huge misunderstandings with people tweeting, getting comments and then changing their tweet. A simple “change log” like FB may be too subtle and even exploited maliciously.
  6. pdaholic macrumors 65816


    Jun 22, 2011
    James Gunn could have really used this edit button a few months ago...
  7. coolfactor, Feb 14, 2019
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    coolfactor macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2002
    Vancouver, BC CANADA
    I think part of the problem is that quoting a tweet can pass around the original, unedited tweet very quickly.
  8. CarlJ, Feb 14, 2019
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    CarlJ macrumors 68030


    Feb 23, 2004
    San Diego, CA, USA
    And that goes like this:
    1. Somebody tweets, "like/retweet this if you like puppies!"
    2. They get 50,000 likes and retweets.
    3. They edit the tweet to say, "like/retweet this if you like Hitler!"
    4. Then people get up-in-arms over all the celebrities / media-personalities / politicians / etc. who have now "liked Hitler". It shows up in all sorts of campaign ads, "my opponent likes Hitler! I have proof!".
    Lots of room for all sorts of variations on this problem. Orrrrrrrrr you could just look at the tweet before hitting send, and make damn sure it really says what you meant.
  9. dannyyankou, Feb 14, 2019
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    dannyyankou macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
    The problem with editing tweets is that if I retweet something, and someone edits it, the new tweet might not be something I agree with. I would only support an edit button if the app sent you a notification when a tweet you retweeted was edited, or if it just removes the retweet from your timeline altogether
  10. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Or it could be something along the lines of what it's like in forums like this one where if you quote something then what was there at the time that it was quoted is what appears, even if the original gets edited at some point.

    The likes are a little different, and for that some sort of history with an indicator that the information has been edited would probably be useful.
  11. jsmith189 macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2014
    I don't think anyone is suggesting just a free for all edit button. There are obvious dangers with that.

    Put a time limit on it. Give the user 280 seconds (to match the character count, just for fun) to realise their mistakes/typos/whatever, and THEN lock it up. They could also introduce an edit history function, so everyone can go back and see, if they really wanted to, what the original tweet/s were. That way the public tweet that people are seeing is the correct version the user intended, but also holds them accountable for what was said previously.

    Annotations and/or clarifications just seem overly convoluted, unless he's just trying to say edit without saying the WORD edit, like someone else suggested.
  12. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    This is probably to accommodate the companies that seems to always mistakenly posted their marketing materials through twitter on iPhone (Huawei, Samsung, OnePlus, etc) :D

    Imo it’s not a good idea. Considering current news media consider mere tweets as facts and spin 140 characters of statement into whatever their agenda is, this editing can create havoc as the frequency of fake news will certainly skyrocket.
  13. TrowaNY macrumors newbie

    Aug 21, 2014
    I think if you edit a tweet it should lose the likes and retweets accumulated, but retain the place in the timeline (date and time) of the original tweet.
  14. mac1984user macrumors 6502a


    Dec 10, 2009
    United Kingdom
    If you’re worried your tweets are going to be misconstrued to the point of needing to add clarification, maybe that late night ‘brilliant’ contribution to human consciousness you thought up wasn’t so spectacular after all.
  15. HacKage macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2010
    The clarification could only work if it added something at the bottom of the original tweet saying something like "edit: what I really meant was". The ability to fully edit a tweet would be a disaster imo. You would have journalists and news agencies going back and changing the contents of tweets constantly rather than having to argue their case or admit they were wrong.
  16. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 68000


    Jun 19, 2010
    Pittsburgh PA
    They way this is described, I rather like the way it would be implemented.

    Too bad it wasn't created before "hamberders" was illegally replaced.
  17. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    Seems like simply not including unrelated extraneous information like what device/app was used to post an update would be a more rational and rather straightforward and intelligent approach when it comes to something like that.
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    People are able to edit all kinds of things, including posts on forums like this one...and the planet keeps on spinning as usual.
  18. Unity451 macrumors regular


    Aug 29, 2011
    Nothing like a little bit of politics to drive innovation... God help us!
  19. fairuz macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    Idk what I'm missing. What's wrong with just responding to the original?
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    Doesn't work well with the rest of the site, especially if people start retweeting or responding to your edited posts.
  20. entropys macrumors 6502


    Jan 5, 2007
    Brisbane, Australia
    I think this is a covfefe of an idea.

    Seriously though, just prevent edits once someone has commented or retweeted on the tweet. Or just don’t share vacuous thoughts.
  21. SeaFox macrumors 68030


    Jul 22, 2003
    Somewhere Else
    People will just have to be more careful about what they say the first time then. They will be free to clarify their position later, but someone can still have a quote of your initial statement.

    ... kinda like how speaking works in real life.
  22. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    Somehow Facebook has managed to survive by allowing editing. I think Twitter will somehow manage. Based on what many are saying, the reason we aren't seeing an edit feature may just be due to poor backend design.
  23. fairuz macrumors 68000


    Aug 27, 2017
    Silicon Valley
    Because on Facebook it's only your friends or groupmates responding.
  24. bozzykid macrumors 68020

    Aug 11, 2009
    There are plenty of Facebook posts with thousands of responses. Not all Facebook posts are private.
  25. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Personally, I'm not a fan of an edit button, for all of the reasons already listed
    I have, on occasion tweeted something with a missing word, etc. and my solution was just to delete the tweet and publish a new corrected one
    If you want to clarify, then quote tweet your original tweet and clarify away

    I see it far more likely for abuse than use, and in spite of best intentions to the contrary, people will always find ways to circumvent the safeguards

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