Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says edit button is "achievable"

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says edit button is "achievable"

The highly-anticipated 'edit tweet' option may be on its way to Twitter. 

At a recent fireside chat in New Delhi, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly said that the platform is considering giving users the ability to quickly edit tweets.

Of course, giving users the ability to edit tweets that have already gone viral is a sure fire way to get in trouble. Most users want to quickly fix typos and spelling mistakes, but there will no doubt be a radical few who will seek to abuse the edit button.

“You have to pay attention to what are the use cases for the edit button. A lot of people want the edit button because they want to quickly fix a mistake they made. Like a misspelling or tweeting the wrong URL. That’s a lot more achievable than allowing people to edit any tweet all the way back in time,” Dorsey reportedly said.

"We have been considering this for a while and we have to do in the right way. We can’t just rush it out. We can’t make something which is distracting or takes anything away from the public record."

Follower counts

At the same fireside talk, Dorsey allegedly discussed the relevance of follower counts on Twitter. He cites follower counts as "meaningless", and that the platform never intended to "put all of the emphasis" on how many followers a user has.

"So when you open Twitter and you see that number is five. It is actually incentivising you to increase that number. That may have been right 12 years ago, but I don't think it is right today," Dorsey added.

"I don't think that's the number you should be focused on. I think what is more important is the number of meaningful conversations you're having on the platform. How many times do you receive a reply?"

Twitter seems to be going through several stages of reform. Last month, it was revealed that the platform might get rid of the 'like' function in order to "encourage healthy debate" on Twitter. 


Danielle Partis is editor of and former editor of She was named Journalist of the Year at the MCV Women in Games Awards 2019, as well as in the MCV 30 under 30 2020. Prior to Steel Media, she wrote about music and games at Team Rock.