(CNS News) -- Twitter announced on Tuesday that a new feature called “Spaces” will soon be made available on its platform. However, in the early stages of the rollout, Spaces will only be available for women and people of marginalized backgrounds.
“We’re going to do something a little different,” said Twitter Staff Product Designer Maya Patterson to TechCrunch. “We are going to launch this first experiment of Spaces to a very small group of people — a group of people who are disproportionately impacted by abuse and harm on the platform: women and those from marginalized backgrounds.”
Spaces will mirror a popular audio-based social media site called Clubhouse. This is a virtual room, or Space, where users can record and share voice clips with others.
“It’s not a ‘Here’s an interesting startup doing something interesting. Let’s try and replicate it,’” Twitter product lead Kayvon Beykpour told CNBC. “It’s very fundamental for us. If we want Twitter to be a place where we can have thoughtful conversations, we need to support a wide spectrum of those conversations.”
“It’s critical that we get safety right — safety and people feeling comfortable in these spaces. We need to get that right in order for people to leverage live audio spaces in the ways we might imagine or in the ways that would be most helpful for them,” Patterson added.
Patterson also said in reference to the small testing pool, “The team is interested and the company is interested in hearing first from this group of people on their feedback.”