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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.
I had a very good convo with @jack this weekend at Kanye’s bday and I think he really heard me out on the edit button.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 13, 2018
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.