Why not to Edit Tweets and iMessages
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Editing Tweets and iMessages can lead to bad consequences. Most of us have probably had the experience of regretting something we posted on Facebook or sent in a text.

When one sends a tweet or text out, they have the fear that it could be unwise and dangerous. Now, there are many new apps and services to help take back what was said.

Twitter and Apple have introduced editing functions. Twitter plans to start testing the function for its paid service, then expand to all social media users. Meanwhile, Apple released a new operating system which includes editing iMessages. Some are concerned about this technology being used for falsifying information, but most agree that it can help reduce spam and other unwanted messages.

As people’s desire to post freely without editing what they share, the undo button can support both goals.

Editing tools have been trending in demand with users on both Twitter and WordPress. The trend began after Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, started discussions about the option shortly before he spoke to Twitter’s CEO about acquiring the company.

Apple Edit Button Works
Apple and Twitter have not made it easy to edit documents on the go, but soon, you will be able to do so via mobile.

Apple has created an edit tool within their messaging app to allow users to edit sent messages. Users can edit and revise up to five times for a message, or unsend any message within two minutes of it being sent.

The user has the option to see previous versions of the message before sending. Social media has changed the way people perceive messages to be less like postcards and more like permanent profiles. With high-quality, AI-generated editing, Naaman feels that expectations will change.

Users can edit their tweets five times each in the 30 minute period following their posting. Tweets will show a red editing icon with the timestamp and a label of “Last Edited,” which is clickable to view the changes made in that tweet.

Twitter is considering a button that would allow you to edit your tweets. The editor button will allow the twitter audience to be your personal editor, and if you made a mistake, it would quickly allow you to change your tweet.

“The feature was designed to be transparent and ensure the authenticity of the conversation.”

Christina Wodtke, a lecturer in computer science at Stanford University, says it’s somewhat surprising that Twitter and Apple didn’t get there sooner. She further added,  “Apple and Twitter have a legacy of being built on mobile, rather than on the web. And a mobile SMS doesn’t normally have edits. But now people are asking, why not?”

Apple has created an edit tool within their messaging app to allow users to edit sent messages. Users can edit and revise up to five times for a message, or unsend any message within two minutes of it being sent. The user has the option to see previous versions of the message before sending.

Social media has changed the way people perceive messages to be less like postcards and more like permanent profiles. With high-quality, AI-generated editing, Naaman feels that expectations will change.

Users can edit their tweets five times each in the 30 minute period following their posting. Tweets will show a red editing icon with the timestamp and a label of “Last Edited,” which is clickable to view the changes made in that tweet.

Twitter is considering a button that would allow you to edit your tweets. The editor button will allow the twitter audience to be your personal editor, and if you made a mistake, it would quickly allow you to change your tweet.

Twitter spokesperson said, “The feature was designed to be transparent and ensure the authenticity of the conversation.”

To prevent the spread of misinformation, tech companies must take certain precautions. The importance of edit tools that create a trail of edits can not be overstated. Particularly when the information is in the public record. Twitter has a moral imperative to show how edits were made.

The recent Twitter release of an edit button is indicative of the company’s desire to protect both users and their vulnerabilities while also allowing freedom of expression.

The technology is good, but there is always a way for people to get around safety measures. Wodtke thinks that we will see new ways to abuse this feature

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