The Edit Tweet feature launched by Twitter has been in the news for quite some time. While there were concerns about the nature of the ‘Edit Tweet’ button, it seems that the new feature could leave a digital trace of your tweet history.
According to The Verge, the edit function seems to have an “irreversible” quality, meaning that Twitter can create a completely new tweet when an edit is made, while saving previous versions of that tweet.
“Twitter’s approach to editing tweets seems to be unchanging, because instead of changing the text of a tweet within a single tweet, it recreates a new tweet with a list of old tweets before editing, with revised content,” said developer Manchun Wong.
It seems that Twitter’s method of editing tweets is immutable, because instead of changing the tweet text in the same tweet (same ID), it recreates a new tweet with a revised content, including a list of previous tweets.
– Zhen Manchun Ong (wongmjane) April 16, 2022
App researcher Alessandro Palugio tweeted a screenshot of the new edit button, teasing us about the potential look of the feature when it’s live on Twitter. In a screenshot, Paluji shows how the ‘Edit Tweet’ option may appear in the three-point menu to the right of your tweet.
Whether the tweet history will only be shown to users or made public for others to see is unknown.
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