According to an article published in CNN Tech by Mashable, Facebook is now offering a new option that allows users to edit or delete comments at any time after posting. Previously there had been a limited window of time that allowed edits to be made; after that time elapsed, users had to delete the post entirely and re-write it.
Facebook claims the purpose of the new editing feature is to prevent the thread of conversation from being broken due to deleted posts. The new editing feature gives users the option of clicking on a pencil icon to make edits after their comment has been posted. Facebook made it clear that this editing tool does not erase the comment history entirely; once a comment has been posted it will remain part of the conversation despite future edits or deletion. For users who wish to view the entire conversation, including edits, the pencil icon also provides the option to “view edit history.”
The comment editing feature is the second feature added since the timeline layout was adopted, the first being the ability to see users’ timeline and profile pictures by hovering over their names. The LA Times reported that this is the second instance where Facebook has permitted edits to be made; for some time now users have had the option of editing photo captions after posting. This newly added feature has prompted users to ask when an editing feature will be added for status updates, reported the LA Times.