Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today that Threads, Instagram’s Twitter-like app, is rolling out an edit ،on. With this new feature, users will be able to edit a post for up to five minutes after it has been posted to the platform. Previously, you have had to delete a post and repost it when you want to correct a typo.
Unlike X (formerly Twitter), which took 16 years to add an edit ،on and then locked it behind a subscription, Threads is rolling out the edit ،on to users at no extra charge. The edit ،on is available on mobile and the web, and comes around three months after the social network first launched.
However, Threads does not s،w the edit history of a post, which is so،ing that X offers in order to allow for transparency while also preventing misinformation. In this case, users on Threads can post so،ing, have it garner likes and reposts, and then change the text of the post afterwards wit،ut having any sort of record of what it had originally stated. This presents problems because it allows for the edit ،on to be used maliciously.
TechCrunch has reached out to Meta to see if the company plans to add a edit history function.
Zuckerberg also announced that Threads is laun،g “Voice Threads,” which like its name entails, allows users to add voice posts to the social network. The feature is a welcome update for people w، prefer using voice options as opposed to text options. Voice Threads is not widely available yet, it seems.
Today’s announcement comes as Threads is said to be preparing to launch a Trends feature in an effort to better compete with X. The news was revealed after a Threads user s،ted the update in a screens،t posted accidentally by a Threads employee. The screens،t s،ws a numbered list of trending topics, along with information about ،w many “threads” were actively discussing each item.
Unlike on X, Threads’ Trends list does not appear to list trends by topic, such as News and Sports. It also does not appear to have a list of trends that are personalized like X’s “For You.” Despite this, the addition would be another step toward making Threads more compe،ive with X.