It looked like Twitter might finally, at long last, be allowing users to edit their tweets. Users began noticing it Sunday afternoon: If you delete a tweet reply, then try to reply again, the “deleted” text reappears, allowing you to fix any mistakes and re-send it. The Verge’s Tom Warren demonstrated how it works:
Twitter seems to be testing a neat way to edit tweets. If you delete a tweet when you reply to someone and then go to reply again it brings the old text back so you can correct your typo https://t.co/t4KKLNmjWT pic.twitter.com/YNQ6FSIlLS— Tom Warren (@tomwarren) September 13, 2020
But on Sunday evening, a Twitter spokeswoman gave us the sad news that it’s just a bug.
hey tom - unfortunately, we're not testing this. it's a bug and we're looking into it.— liz kelley (@lizkelley) September 14, 2020
Editable tweets are something Twitter users have long pined for, and begged Twitter to implement. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is on the record saying Twitter would “probably never” introduce an edit button. However, Twitter has rolled out other much-desired features recently, including making its reply-limiting feature available to all users, as part of the platform’s efforts to give people more control over their conversations.
Update September 13th, 12:16 AM ET: Added that “unfortunately,” Twitter is not actually testing an edit feature but rather squishing a bug.