Twitter may add a much-needed edit button

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Twitter is considering introducing an edit button allowing users to correct errors in their tweets, according to the social media platform’s chief executive.

Speaking at an event in the Indian capital of New Delhi, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly told an audience that the company is considering adding the edit functionality to tweets, primarily to fix typos.

Dorsey said that an edit button could happen if it can be done in the right way. “You have to pay attention to what are the use cases for the edit button. A lot of people want the edit button because they want to quickly fix a mistake they made. Like a misspelling or tweeting the wrong URL,” he said. “That’s a lot more achievable than allowing people to edit any tweet all the way back in time.”

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But that may still be some time away as the company does not want to “rush it” and will take a considered view of a use case for allowing individuals to make changes to their tweets.

“We have been considering this for a while and we have to do it in the right way. We can’t just rush it out. We can’t make something which is distracting or takes anything away from the public record,” he said, according to a report in The Next Web.

Other social media platforms allow users to edit their posts but Twitter has never allowed this since its creation in 2006. Facebook and Instagram currently allow posts to be edited.