Why Twitter Won’t Give Us an Edit Button

In the midst of the chaos of the Dallas police shootings, at 12:52 a.m. Eastern on Friday, the Dallas Police Department tweeted a picture of a man they called a “suspect” and asked the public to help find him. It soon became clear he was innocent, but the tweet remained, and people continued to circulate his picture by the thousands. The Dallas police finally deleted the tweet Friday evening, after it had been retweeted more than 40,000 times and embedded in news stories around the Web. Yet the man in the picture is reportedly still in hiding, fearing for his life.

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