Twitter may be adding voice effects to its audio chat platform Spaces, a post from Twitter sleuth Jane Manchum Wong suggests:. Wong tweeted that her research revealed that Twitter is working on something called Voice Transformer, which will allow users to change their voice tone or add echo effects.
Twitter began rolling out Spaces in its iOS app to a limited group of people in June 2020. In March it added an Android app and in April a desktop version (which Wong also predicted).
Sound effects may sound like a minor feature, but it could make the app more accessible. The pitch control in particular can be extremely useful for those who are self-conscious about how their voices sound on online forums, and for women who are subjected to voice-related harassment or engaged in the over-policing their vocal styles. And for people who prefer to remain anonymous on Twitter, this can be a way to hide their voice, but still participate in Spaces.
Twitter didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Thursday, but Wong’s investigation is generally solid. For example, she predicted Twitter’s Tip Jar and Twitter Blue, the subscription service, ahead of their official launches.