Twitter is considering letting users ‘clarify’ old tweets




Twitter may have the opportunity to provide old messages with context. This should be done instead of an edit function, which users have frequently asked for. However, there would be a possibility to adjust tweets shortly after placement.

Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, said that they are thinking about the possibility to add context to old messages. He made his statements at a Goldman Sachs event in San Francisco. Recode then reported Dorsey’s statements.

The ability to clarify old messages could help to place malicious messages in a certain context; Dorsey points out that people are currently being assessed for messages they posted on Twitter years ago, for example. This can, for example, affect someone’s career.

How the contextualization function should look exactly is not yet clear. It may be similar to the retweet function, where a message can be reassembled and commented. Dorsey states that it is still being considered, and it is also unclear when the functionality should be available.

Previously, Twitter already announced that work is being done on a function to be able to adjust messages shortly after posting. This would be possible up to half a minute after installation, and mainly intended to repair spelling mistakes, for example. According to Dorsey, the lack of the ability to always adapt messages is logical due to the ‘real time’ element of Twitter.


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