Editing a tweet with Twitter’s upcoming 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 feature appears to have an “immutable” quality, meaning Twitter can create an entirely new tweet if one is edited, while preserving the previous versions of that tweet.
“Looks like Twitter’s approach to editing tweets is immutable, as instead of changing the tweet text within the same tweet (same ID), a new tweet with the changed content along with the list of old tweets is new created from this edit,” says Manchun Wong.
It seems like Twitter’s approach to editing tweets is immutable, because instead of changing the tweet text within the same tweet (same ID), it creates a new tweet with the changed content, along with the list of old ones Edit tweets before that
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) April 16, 2022
As Manchun Wong Remarks, it’s unclear how a tweet’s edit history is displayed to users, or if it is displayed at all. But if Twitter decides to make tweet history public, it could be a way to allay concerns about potential abuse of the feature, which is how some critics believe it could be used change the public record and mislead users.
App researcher Alessandro Paluzzi too tweeted out What looks like screenshots of the new feature give us a glimpse of what the edit button might actually look 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.
Selection of the button takes you to a screen that looks very similar to the normal tweet composer, except that it’s pre-filled with the text of your tweet and says “Update” instead of “Tweet” in the lower-right corner. However, Paluzzi’s screenshots do not show an option to view a tweet’s edit history.
Twitter has yet to confirm the existence of a tweet history tracker. “Right now there’s nothing to share other than what’s in here Tweet from @TwitterComms and the Tweet from @JaySullivanVP of Consumer Product,” Twitter spokeswoman Anna Hubatsch said in an emailed statement The edge.
Twitter initially announced that it was working on the coveted edit button Earlier this month, according to apparently Jokes about the April Fool’s Day feature. But shortly before the official confirmation from Twitter, Tesla CEO Elon Musk asked his followers about an edit button after disclosing his Acquisition of a 9.2 percent stake in Twitterand thus the largest single shareholder of Twitter. Since then it’s been a whirlwind of events, with Musk joins and leaves the board of directors of Twitterand then Offer to buy the entire company. Twitter shareholders are currently tries to block Musk’s buyout using the poison pill method.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/4/16/23028111/twitter-upcoming-edit-button-tweet-history Twitter’s upcoming editing feature can track tweet history