Twitter is testing a new feature that will allow users to edit offensive tweets instead of deleting them.
Twitter edit button feature, which we have been reading about for quite some time now, is reportedly rolling out for selected users. The new feature will have a new abusive language filter that will allow users to edit offensive tweets.Tthe edit button is available only in specific use cases for the time being, reported tipster Mukul Sharma. The new feature will inform Twitter users of the potentially abusive language used in the tweet and then suggest an edit option before posting the tweet. Here’s how the new Twitter edit button feature will work
Twitter edit button rolling out now
Twitter edit option will not apply to all tweets as it won’t be available for published tweets. It’s more like a warning that will alert users if a tweet is detected to have any abusive or offensive word or phrase in it. Twitter will prompt the user to edit it before he/she publishes it. For example, if your tweet has some abusive text according to Twitter’s algorithm, you’ll get a pop-up to review your reply as soon as you hit the send tweet button. The pop-up will appear as saying, “We’re asking Tweeters to review replies with potentially harmful or offensive language. Want to take another look before Tweeting?”
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You will get three options- to go ahead with the same tweet or edit the text and the third option is to delete the entire text. Additionally, users can also provide direct input to Twitter if they feel that they are wrongly tagging their tweet as offensive or abusive. Also Read: Twitter moves spaces into its own dedicated tab: Here’s what has changed
In addition to the edit button, Twitter has also added a like or dislike option in the notifications panel. Users can see the downvote option along with the like option. Also Read: Twitter winds down Periscope six years after it acquired the service
It’s yet to be confirmed if both the features will be rolled out for all or not. Not only Twitter users but Tesla chief Elon Musk, who has expressed his intent to buy Twitter, too has been asking for the edit button for a long time now. It generated a huge controversy dragging in Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal into it.
Perhaps, we can expect the edit button to be available for all once Musk officially becomes Twitter boss.