Twitter is reportedly testing an ‘undo’ button that lets users modify their tweets even after they’ve pressed send

twitter jack dorsey WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 05: Twitter chief executive officer Jack Dorsey testifies during a House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Twitter's transparency and accountability, on Capitol Hill, on September 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. Earlier in the day, Dorsey faced questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee about how foreign operatives use their platforms in attempts to influence and manipulate public opinion. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

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Although Twitter CEO, Jack Dorsey, has said it would probably never’ roll out an edit button, CNN  reported on Friday that the company is testing an “undo” option. This could potentially give users the opportunity a short window of time to revoke or correct a tweet, even after they press send. 

The feature was discovered by Jane Manchun Wong, an app developer, the report said. Wong is known for having a strong track record of unveiling new features characters on social media platforms before they’re officially revealed.

Wong posted a tweet with a GIF to demonstrate how the new tool would work. A blue ‘undo’ tab is shown to appear with a timer up to about six seconds underneath the words “Your tweet was sent.”

It might not quite be the edit button users were hoping for, but it is a step towards allowing users to catch any errors and avoid impulsive tweeting behaviour. 

“Over the course of this year, you’ll see us test subscription products in public,” the company’s investor relations’ Twitter account tweeted on March 2. “You’ll hear more about them. And hopefully, you’ll see some of these products roll out as well,” it said.

The edit button has been a heavily debated potential feature among Twitter users for years. High-profile tweeters, including Kim Kardashian West, have repeatedly called for an edit button, as Insider previously reported

 

Dorsey acknowledged requests of such in a Q&A with Wired, where he argued that an edit button could be used to mislead people and spread misinformation. 

Twitter’s efforts to combat online abuse and misinformation are reassuring after former President Donald Trump’s recent tweets led to the incitement of violence and deaths of four citizens and a police officer, as reported by BBC News.

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