Twitter, the popular microblogging site yesterday teased that it would allow its users access to the feature to edit their tweet, provided that everyone wears a facemask. This is in a bid to make people follow the directive by the World Health Organization (WHO) on the use of facemasks to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
As it stands now, Twitter does not allow the edit button on tweets sent by any of it’s users. Prior to this viral tweet by the company’s verified handle, the San Francisco based internet company has been receiving tons of requests from many of its over 330 million active users, and to these requests, the company has been responding that they are working on making user experience easier and faster.
When finally added, the edit button would enable users to correct error made in typing, wrong use of grammar, or even edit an information to suit the need of the user. It is not sure, however, if the company would be allowing the edit button to stay available on each tweet for an unlimited number of time, or if it would only be available for a brief moment.
The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, has stated that they are considering a few things, one of which is how tweets that have already been retweeted, would be affected by the edit that could have been done by the author, on the original tweet. This is a stand that the company is looking into, to avoid the spread of wrong information, while the original tweet has been corrected to reflect another reality.
While users wait for the edit feature, the company is doing what it can to ensure the flattening of the curve on the covid-19 chart, which seems to be on the high rise in countries around the world. It would be recalled that the World Health Organization declared the novel Coronavirus a global pandemic on the 11th of March, 2020. COVID-19 which broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan in 2019, has since affected over 11 million humans worldwide, and resulted in over 500 thousand fatalities. On the bright side, there has been over 6 million recoveries. The United States remains the most hit nation, with over 2.8 million cases, and over 131,000 deaths. The WHO is however, working with the disease control agencies of different countries to contain the spread of the virus, and also find a lasting solution to the pandemic.