Facebook makes it harder to notice when posts are edited

By Ken Yeung

Facebook headquarters.

Facebook appears to have quietly done away with a feature that tells you if a particular post has been edited. As it stands now, the only way that you’ll be able to determine something has changed is by clicking on the edit history option which will only show if an edit has been made and is available in the post menu option.

Reports of this missing element first surfaced in late December, around the time when there was discussion about whether Twitter should implement an editing feature. Honolulu Civil Beat social media manager Anthony Quintano and former Uber developer evangelist Chris Messina noticed the lack of an editing notifier. Previously, if you edited a Facebook post, there would be a label affixed telling readers that there had been a change.

Above: Screenshot Twitter conversation between Anthony Quintano and Chris Messina about the missing Facebook edit tag.

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As mentioned earlier, while the “Edited” tag has been removed and if you know that a Facebook post has changed, you can click on the drop-down menu on the individual update and select “Edit History”. However, you’re only going to see this if the post has been modified in some way. However, it’s interesting that there is an edit history to begin with.

Where to find the edit history link for Facebook posts.

Above: Where to find the edit history link for Facebook posts.

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Comments appear to be unaffected by this as any updates will include an “Edited” label. This does seem to be an issue on both the web and across Facebook’s mobile app, regardless of whether you’re verified or not.

It’s unclear why Facebook has removed this tag from its social network as it could cause some significant issues when you factor in how brands, government officials, celebrities, and other personalities may use this. What impact could it have if you didn’t know if something had been changed?

We’ve reached out to Facebook for comment and will update if we hear back.

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