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About Spaces on Twitter

Spaces is a new way to have live audio conversations on Twitter. We’ve been testing and building this in the open with @TwitterSpaces and your feedback so we get it right. We love how it’s shaping up, but there is much more to come including new features and updates. Stay tuned!

Note: We are early in our launch but growing. Anyone on iOS and Android can join and listen in a Space and a small group of people on iOS are able to create a Space.

How to use Spaces

How do you start a Space?

  1. The creator of a Space is the Host. As a Host on iOS, you can start a Space in two ways: Long press on the Tweet compose   on your Home Timeline and then tap the new Spaces icon (multiple circles forming a diamond shape) on the far left. Or, tap on your profile image in Fleets, scroll to the far right, and tap Spaces
  2. Spaces are public, so anyone can join as a Listener, including people who don’t follow you. Listeners can be directly invited into a Space by DMing them a link to the Space, Tweeting out a link, or sharing a link elsewhere.
  3. Up to 11 people (including the Host) can speak in a Space at any given time. When starting a Space, a Host can pick who can speak by choosing from Everyone, People you follow, or Only people you invite to speak, which lets you send DM invites. Once the Space has started, the Host can manage who can speak by granting and revoking speaking permissions to participants in the Space. Listeners can request permission to speak from the Host by tapping on the Request icon below the microphone.
  4. When creating a Space, your mic will be off to start. When ready, tap Start your Space.
  5. Allow mic access (speaking ability) to Speakers by toggling Allow mic access to on.
  6. As a Listener, choose whether or not you want to see captions (if Hosts/Speakers have turned them on) by tapping the View Captions button on or off in your Spaces settings.
  7. You have the option to add a Description or name to your Space. This can also be modified at any point while your Space is active.
  8. Get started chatting in your Space.

 

Spaces FAQ

Where is Spaces available?

Anyone can join, listen, and speak in a Space on Twitter for iOS. Android users are currently able to join and speak in a Space. We’re currently testing the ability for a small group of those who use Twitter for Android to create a Space.

Who can see my Space?

For now, all Spaces are public like Tweets, which means they can be accessed by anyone. They will automatically appear at the top of your Timeline, where you see Fleets, and each Space has a link that can be shared publicly.

How do I invite people to join a Space?

Invite people to join a Space by sending an invite via DM, Tweeting the link out to your Home Timeline, or copying the invite link to send it out.

Who can join my Space?

For now, all Spaces are public and anyone can join any Space as a Listener. If you create a Space or are a Speaker in a Space, your followers will see it at the top of their timeline, in their Fleets.

Who can speak in my Space?

This is your Space, and you can select who can speak by choosing from Everyone, People you follow, or Only people you invite, which lets you send DM invites. You can change this at any time while the Space is live. Once your Space has started, you can manage who can speak by granting and revoking permissions to participants in the Space. Listeners can request to speak from the Host.

What controls do I have over my Space?

The Host of a Space has control over who can speak. They can also remove, report, and block others in the Space. Other speakers and listeners can report and block others in the Space, or can report the Space. If you block a participant in the Space, you will also block that person’s account on Twitter.

How can I report a Space?

If you think a Space violates the Twitter Rules, you can report it while in the Space by tapping the “...” icon and tapping Report this Space. Anyone in the Space can report it. Speakers and Listeners can report a Space and any account in a Space.

How can I report a person in a Space?

To report an account in a Space, tap on the account’s avatar and then tap Report. You will then need to choose the reason for reporting the account.

How many people can speak in a Space?

For now, a maximum of 11 people (including the Host) can speak at the same time.

How many people can listen in a Space?

There is no limit on the number of listeners.

What happens after a Space ends and is the data retained anywhere?

Spaces are accessible while they are live; once ended, they will no longer be available publicly on Twitter. Twitter retains copies of audio from Spaces and captions (if turned on) for 30 days after a Space ends in case there is a need to review them for violations of the Twitter Rules. If a Space is found to contain a violation, we extend the time we maintain a copy for an additional 90 days to allow people to appeal if they believe there was a mistake.

Who can end a Space?

The Host of a Space has the ability to end a Space. A Space may also end if it is found to be in violation of the Twitter Rules.

Do Spaces work for accounts with protected Tweets?

Accounts with protected Tweets are not able to create Spaces. They are able to join and speak in other people’s Spaces, and their presence will be visible to other participants.

Are Spaces accessible for people who are deaf or hard of hearing?

Upon creating or speaking in a Space for the first time, people are asked to consent to having their speech in Spaces captioned in live time. At any point while Hosting, Listening, or Speaking inside of a Space, any person can tap the Show captions button, which will allow them to see live captions (with a few seconds of delay) of any Host or Speakers who have consented to having their speech in Spaces captioned. If a Speaker wants to turn on captions after they’ve started a Space for the first time, they can do so in their device settings. 

We understand that this solution relies on the Speaker turning on automatic captions on their device for participants, and we are strongly encouraging all Speakers to do so. As a quick follow-up, we are working on a solution where Twitter services will perform the automatic captioning and any participant will be able to turn on captions at any time.

Captions only appear on-screen when a person is looking at a live Space. We do not show captions to a person if they have docked the Space to the bottom of their Twitter app or are off the app (although the audio will continue to play).

 

How is Twitter thinking about accessibility?

We’re collaborating internally with our accessibility teams and with an external accessibility vendor for review.

Spaces will also release with accessibility for screen readers, though like any product, we'll continue to make additional improvements over time.

 

Does Spaces support captions or other accessibility options?

When creating a Space, you have the ability to turn on live captions for all Speakers and Listeners to see, either when creating a Space for the first time or later in your device settings. Spaces currently relies on automatic captioning on both iOS and Android, so there will be inaccuracies resulting from background noise or other factors. We’re actively working on making live captions better.

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