According to reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong, editing a tweet with Twitter’s upcoming edit button can leave a digital trail of your tweet’s history. In a tweetexplains Manchun Wong that the editing function seems to have an “unchangeable” quality, meaning that Twitter can create a brand new tweet whenever one is edited, all while preserving the previous versions of that tweet.
“It seems that Twitter’s approach to Tweet editing is immutable, because instead of mutating the Tweet text within the same Tweet (same ID), it’s recreating a new Tweet with the changed content, along with the list of the old Tweets rather of that edit,” says Manchun Wong.
It seems that Twitter’s approach to Tweet editing is immutable, because instead of mutating the Tweet text within the same Tweet (same ID), a new Tweet is recreated with the changed content, along with the list of the old Tweets preceding it. to that edit
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) Apr 16, 2022
As Manchun Wong notes, it’s unclear how a tweet’s edit history will appear to users, if at all. But if Twitter decides to make the history of tweets public, it could be a way to allay concerns about potential misuse of the feature, as some critics believe it could be used to alter the public record and mislead users.
App researcher Alessandro Paluzzi too tweeted what appear to be screenshots of the new feature, giving us a glimpse of what the edit button might actually look like when it’s live on Twitter. In one screenshot, Paluzzi shows how the “Edit Tweet” option might appear in the three-dot menu to the right of your tweets.
Select the button leads you to a screen much like the regular tweet composer, only it’s prefilled with your tweet’s text and says “Update” in the bottom right corner instead of “Tweet”. However, Paluzzi’s screenshots don’t show an option to view a tweet’s edit history.
Twitter has not yet confirmed the presence of a tweet history tracker. “Nothing else to share right now but what’s in it Tweet from @TwitterComms and this Tweet from @JaySullivanVP of Consumer Product,” Twitter spokesperson Anna Hubatsch said in an emailed statement: The edge†
Twitter first announced earlier this month that it is working on the coveted edit button, after seemingly joking about the feature on April 1† But just before Twitter’s official confirmation, Tesla CEO Elon Musk questioned his followers about an edit button after announcing that he had bought a 9.2 percent stake in Twitter, making him Twitter’s largest individual shareholder. . It has been a whirlwind of events ever since, with Musk joining and leaving Twitter’s board of directors, then offering to buy the entire company. Twitter shareholders are currently trying to block Musk’s buyout using the poison pill method.