Social media giant Twitter Inc said on Wednesday it is testing a new feature that will allow users to tweet using their voice.
However, the feature will be available to a limited number of users on Apple’s iOS platform for now and be rolled out for more iOS users in the coming weeks.
“This new feature will capture up to 140 seconds of audio in a single tweet,” said Twitter.
A new “wavelengths” icon will be present for selected users composing a tweet which will allow them to use the new audio feature.
Social media companies including Twitter have long been under pressure to curb content such as abuse, harassment, and misinformation on their platforms.
“We are working to incorporate additional monitoring systems ahead of bringing this to everyone. We’ll review any reported voice tweets in line with our rules, and take action, including labeling, as needed,” Twitter spokeswoman Aly Pavela said.
Twitter, which adds labels to content containing manipulated or synthetic media, has also started adding fact-checking labels to certain types of coronavirus and election-related misinformation, including to a tweet by U.S. President Donald Trump about mail-in ballots.
Last month, Twitter also added a warning to a tweet by Trump about Minneapolis protests that it said glorified violence.
Earlier the social media platform came with a dedicated tool to help people combat domestic violence. As the reported cases of domestic violence against women continue to rise globally, the micro blogging platform Twitter has launched a dedicated search prompt that will direct people looking for domestic violence-related keywords towards relevant information and sources of help on Twitter.