Twitter’s sweet tweet surprise!

by | Jun 19, 2020

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Twitter announced it is testing a new feature: voice tweets. This tweet format allows users to record up to 140 seconds of audio (a nod to Twitter’s original character limit) and share it either as a standalone tweet or in addition to text.

Twitter says the goal is to add “conversational nuances” that are lost in text-based communication. “There’s a lot that can be left unsaid or uninterpreted using text, so we hope voice tweeting will create a more human experience for listeners and storytellers alike,” the company wrote in a blog post.

However, some users have already brought up concerns about how the voice text feature could be misused. Audio tweets will be more difficult to moderate, and in the past, the platform has been criticized for its inability to adequately monitor even its text-only posts.

When asked how the company would handle any abuse of the feature, a Twitter spokesperson said they’re working to incorporate additional monitoring systems before making the feature more widely available.

The ability to create voice tweets is only available to a “limited group” of iOS users to start, but Twitter says the feature should roll out to everyone using the Twitter for iOS app “in the coming weeks.”

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