Twitter’s next editing feature could keep track of tweet history
Editing a tweet using Twitter’s next edit button could leave a digital trail of your tweet’s history, according to reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong. In a tweetManchun Wong explains that the edit function appears to have an “immutable” quality, meaning that Twitter can create an entirely new tweet when edited, while preserving previous versions of that tweet.
“Looks like Twitter’s approach to modifying the Tweet is immutable, because instead of mutating the Tweet text in the same Tweet (same ID), it recreates a new Tweet with the modified content, along with the list of old ones Earlier tweets from this edition,” Manchun Wong says.
Looks like Twitter’s approach to modifying the Tweet is immutable, because instead of mutating the Tweet text in the same Tweet (same ID), it recreates a new Tweet with the modified content, along with the list of old Tweets prior to this change
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) April 16, 2022
Like Manchun Wong Remarks, it’s unclear how a tweet’s edit history will appear to users, or if at all. But if Twitter decides to make tweet histories public, it could be a way to address concerns about the feature’s potential abuse, as some critics believe it could be used to alter public records and mislead users. In error.
Application researcher Alessandro Paluzzi also tweeted what appear to be screenshots of the new feature, giving us a look at what the edit button actually looks like when live on Twitter. In a screenshot, Paluzzi shows how the “Edit Tweet” option might appear in the three-dot menu on the right side of your tweets.
Button selection takes you to a screen that looks a lot like the regular tweet composer, except it’s pre-populated with your tweet text and says “Update” in the lower right corner instead of “Tweet.” Paluzzi’s screenshots don’t show an option to view a tweet’s edit history, though.
Twitter has yet to confirm the presence of a tweet history tracker. “Nothing else to share at this time beyond what is in this Tweeter from @TwitterComms and that Tweet by @JaySullivanvice president of consumer products,” Twitter spokeswoman Anna Hubatsch said in a statement emailed to The edge.
Twitter first announced it was working on the coveted edit button earlier this month, after apparently joking about functionality on april fools day. But just before Twitter’s official confirmation, Tesla CEO Elon Musk quizzed his followers on an edit button after disclosing his purchase of a 9.2% stake in Twitter, becoming the biggest shareholder. individual from Twitter. It’s been a whirlwind of events since then, with Musk joining and leaving Twitter’s board, then offering to buy the whole company. Twitter shareholders are currently trying to block Musk’s takeover with the poison pill method.