After years of public harassment, Twitter has finally started work on an edit button, the company announced in this week.
The ability to modify existing tweets has long been the platform’s most requested feature. such a vice president, Jay Sullivan. However, the company has raised concerns that an edit button “could be misused to alter the recording of the public conversation.” “Protecting the integrity of this public conversation is our top priority as we approach this work,” Sullivan wrote.
Indeed, the new feature could be a boon for prominent tweeters who digitally frequently put their foot in their mouth. If the edit button had existed for years, what would politicians, celebrities, and influencers have gotten away with?
These days, Donald Trump is busy spreading indisputable facts about the very popular and very successful Truth Social – many people say it’s better than Facebook and Instagram and, quite frankly, the best social network ever created. But some readers may recall that the former president was once a Twitter user. Trump would love the edit feature that would allow him to claim no, he never said that. “covfefe“? You must have misunderstood – that was a Covid warning, three years in advance. All those attacks on Barack Obama for playing golf that you think you remember are, in retrospect, sympathetic tweets saying a president needs some time off on the green. (Changes seem likely to be marked as such under the new feature, but Trump never allowed it Documentation of untruths stand in his way.)
The 40-day pension
In January, Tom Brady “did a lot of thinking and asked myself tough questions,” he said reported on Twitter on February 1. This consideration led to the decision “that I would best leave the playing field to the next generation”. He must have thought harder and asked harder questions because 40 days later he had “realized that my place is still on the field.” Twitter’s new feature could save him some embarrassment, although it would be too late for that Stop the press on Sports Illustrated’s “The GOAT Says Goodbye” special...
The mysterious letter
In 2014 became the entrepreneur and TV presenter made a statement consisting of a picture of a cow behind a fence, along with the letter L. Was it a secret message to her friends in a conspiratorial underground network? A Sesame Street-esque tribute to her favorite letter? Has your cat just gracefully walked across the keyboard? Maybe she fell over one of the CBD gummies she’s ranting now. It would be easy to change this to “nice, nice horse”. Although now that I think about it, Martha might have some other tweets she wants to stop by one more time before she gets to this one..
The star selfie
Speaking of pictures, Ellen DeGeneres’ Oscar selfie with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, Lupita Nyong’o and a host of other stars went alarmingly viral in 2014 and remains among the most retweeted posts ever. Unfortunately, among the smiling luminaries is one Kevin Spacey – a presence that hasn’t aged well. An edit button could allow for a quick re-upload of the photo, quietly replacing the actor with a more popular character — maybe Anthony Fauci or the tiger from Encanto.
Ed Balls’ ‘Ed Balls’
And then there’s the king of accidental tweets – back in 2011 when Ed Balls, then the UK’s shadow chancellor, tweeted his own name trying to find himself. To his credit, he didn’t step down from the post to ensure a legacy as a good sport and bad tweeter. An edit button could have recast the moment as a Bob Dole-esque offer of name recognition, using the third person to refer to himself: “Ed Balls listens to what the British people want.” Or he’d have all-in go and be able to write Ed Balls 15 more times.
The Oscars clap
The worldwide slap may have surprised you – but not Jason. Jason, nicknamed JASON, is a Twitter user and apparent prophet who tweeted this in 2016 Will Smith had ‘no choice’ but to punch Chris Rock in the face. If that doesn’t impress you, imagine what Jason could do with an edit button. It’s Oscar night. You vaguely remember seeing someone tweet something about Smith and Rock six years ago. After 10 minutes of insane Googling, you end up with Jason’s tweet. What Smith once suggested must Punch Rock now says Smith will Hit him. Maybe even the date. Jason is immediately hailed as the next Nostradamus.
Financing not secured
Elon Musk must have wanted an edit button when US regulators sued him over one Tweet saying he considered “taking Tesla privately for $420. Funding secured.” The SEC argued the tweet violated securities laws; Funding wasn’t secured, but Tesla stock jumped. Ultimately, Musk and the agency settled the case, and Musk resigned as chairman of the electric vehicle company. The whole thing might have been avoided if Musk had simply edited the tweet with a cry-laugh emoji, which is widely accepted in US courtrooms as an indicator that a defendant was totally joking.
possession of the libraries
When New York City mayoral candidates were asked last year what they would ban if they could, their answers included desserts and sugary drinks. Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro had a strong rebuke: “Remarkably,” he tweeted, “no one said crime.” Shapiro was apparently unaware that crime is already illegal in most jurisdictions. An edit function would have allowed him to clarify that’s what he meant true-crime showswhom he hates for their glorification of aggressive police tactics.
The foot picture
In a year of endless horror, acclaimed author Joyce Carol Oates tweeted about it still managed to make waves: a picture of her foot with a very, very disturbing rash. “Never walk in sandals in the woods,” she warned. The tweet proves that Twitter’s editing feature should also include a tool for blurring images that don’t violate a platform policy but can never be invisible.
A kinder, gentler Netflix
We were so innocent in 2017. Sure, we had Trump and Brexit, but the pandemic was years away, the US Capitol hadn’t been stormed, and nobody thought twice about sharing their Netflix passwords. Even the streaming company itself endorsed this behavior, write in a tweet that “love shares a password”. Just five years later, everything is awful, including Netflix looking for ways to do this blame people for sharing accounts. Once Twitter’s edit button appears, you can bet the company will prioritize its borderline socialist remark from 2017 and change it to something like “Love shares a password only with members of your own household or we’ll come for you.”
Twitter’s own tweets
Perhaps the real reason Twitter introduces an edit button is so it can edit its own mistakes. Last year the company told those looking for the feature: “You can have an edit button if everyone wears a mask.” It’s unclear whether that honorable sentiment was meant as a nudge for good behavior or a comment like “when pigs fly,” but either way, the company just disproved it .