THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Last week Wednesday, popular social media company Twitter shared a tweet about its new voice tweet feature.
The tweet read:
‘You can Tweet a Tweet. But now you can Tweet your voice!’
This feature is rolling out first on iOS, according to the tweet.
In an official blog post, Twitter’s Staff Product Designer Maya Patterson and Senior Software Engineer Rémy Bourgoin hinted that each voice tweet captures up to 140 seconds of audio, and once you reach the time limit for a tweet, a new voice tweets starts automatically to create a thread.
Like other tweets, voice tweets will appear on user timelines once they are published.
‘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,’ Patterson and Bourgoin claimed.
Major concerns about this new feature includes how to curb harmful content in voice format, especially after an assistant professor at the University of Colorado noticed a voice tweet containing porn sounds.
In an interview with journalists, Casey Fiesler, the assistant professor at University of Colorado whose research focuses on computing, ethics and law, asks that ‘What’s going to be the standard for marking voice as a sensitive content?’
‘I’m sure someone’s going to figure out what the audio equivalent of graphic violence is,’ she added.
In response to this criticism among others, Twitter spokesperson Jessyka Faison has said, ‘We are working to incorporate additional monitoring systems before bringing this to everyone. We’ll review any reported voice tweets in line with our rules, and take action, including labeling, as needed.’