“How do we enable people to quickly go back or to any tweet, whether it be years back or today, and show that original tweet — kind of like a quote retweet, a retweet with comment — and to add some context and some color on what they might have tweeted or what they might have meant. By doing so you might imagine that the original tweet then would not have the sort of engagement around it. Like you wouldn’t be able to retweet the original tweet, for instance. You would just show the clarification, you would be able to retweet the clarification, so it always carries around with it that context. That’s one approach. Not saying that we are going to launch that but those are the sorts of questions we are going to ask.”
This how Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey describes it:
The social media giant is “thinking about” some kind of feature that would let people go back and add clarifications or annotations to old tweets.
Dorsey explained that they are seeing more instances where people quote-unquote ‘being cancelled’ because of past things that they’ve said on Twitter or various other places in social media. While Twitter has not decided on how it will be developing the feature, several ideas are being rolled out within.
He also mentioned how old tweets have the power of ruining people’s careers, and this feature speaks to the idea of internet permanency. Comedian Kevin Hart, had old tweets showing that he made homophobic jokes. James Gunn, the director of Guardians of the Galaxy, was fired from making the movie’s third installment because of previous jokes about pedophilia and everything President Donald Trump tweeted has been recorded by Twitter citizens and has been countered by his old tweets.