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“If you see an edited Tweet it's because we're testing the edit button,” Twitter’s official account said on Sept. 1.  “This is happening and you'll be okay.” Shortly after, IOS 16 was launched on Sept. 12 with one of its main selling features being the ability to edit and unsend iMessages. 

Users of both platforms have long awaited the edit features. Being able to fix grammar mistakes or add something that you forgot in the initial message can be helpful not only for the sender but for the audience of the Tweet as well. 

The feature has brought with it a number of concerns regarding the spread of misinformation on the site considering its huge impact and quick pace. One major concern was that accounts could Tweet something controversial for likes and then change the entire Tweet once it has gotten traction, or vice versa. 

Twitter has had the foresight to address these concerns by making the edit button available only to those who have Twitter Blue, a paid subscription service of the site. Users are also able to see all edited versions of a Tweet as well as a symbol that shows a Tweet has been edited. The final measure put in place is that a Tweet cannot be edited more than 30 minutes after it was initially sent. 

According to Apple’s website, the feature only works if the other user has an Apple device running IOS 16 or newer. 

Users who don’t meet either of those requirements will instead get a new text message but the old message will still be visible, and unsent messages will not be deleted for the recipients. 

Apple and Twitter have ensured that with these measures users will not be able to misuse and spread misinformation. As long as companies implement features that don’t let senders abuse the edits, it can lead to less confusion and embarrassment and is overall a long overdue design decision.

Follow Shane Sansom on Twitter, @shanesansom2

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