According to the latest news, Twitter has begun testing its Spaces feature. It is a voice-based chat rooms that Twitter first announced last month. Spaces is rolling out to a limited group as of now.
In the thread announcing the test, Twitter said a very small group of users would be given the ability to create Spaces but that in theory, anyone could join them. Twitter said who would be allowed into any given space depends on the user who created it.
Last month, the company outlined how the first people to be given access to Spaces would be women and people from other marginalized communities and groups who are more likely than others to be subjected to abuse and harassment when trying to engage in conversations in regular, comment based discussions on the platform.
It seems that with this feature, Twitter is focusing on moderation. Creators will be able to control who can or cannot speak in the Space. The company also introduced reporting and blocking in the very first version. The company said that other features are also being tested include emoji reactions, being able to share tweets in a Space and a “very early version” of live voice transcription.
As of now, users will be able to join Space only from the Twitter mobile app. The web page is showing a “page not found” error. Strangely joining requires having Periscope integration enabled. Note that Periscope is Twitter’s live streaming service that it recently announced to shut down.
It will be interesting to see how Twitter plans to handle the technical backend of its voice chats once Periscope is totally shut.