Facebook is rolling out the ability for users of the world’s most popular social network to edit comments after they are posted on status updates, the company confirmed Friday, but the option is limited only to comments on the main Facebook website.
Facebook users who comment on another user’s status update will be able to click on a small pencil icon at the top right of a posted comment and choose to edit or delete the comment, where previously the only option was to delete the comment. After the comment has been edited, a link will appear at the bottom of the comment that says “Edited”; by clicking on that link, anyone can see all iterations of the comment.
A Facebook spokeswoman confirmed the change, originally reported by The Next Web, and said it should be available to all users “within the next day or so.”
The change will not be available for comments posted on third-party sites that use Facebook logins for readers, such as the commenting available on mercurynews.com. Facebook said that would be considered in the future.
The Menlo Park company said the option is not being offered for status updates, though it was being considered for the future. Google (GOOG)+, the Mountain View search giant’s social network, allows users to edit their status updates after the initial post, though other popular social networks such as Twitter do not offer the option.