Twitter began testing virtual chat rooms without streaming video.
The beta version of Twitter introduced the ability to create voice chats called Spaces for a small group of people. Anyone invited by the chat owner can join them.
The owner of such a Space can moderate the discussion: share tweets or react to the conversation with emoticons that will appear near the profile icon. It also provides auxiliary functions in the form of a voice transcription and complaints system.
aye we’re live! what up y’all, we're the team behind Spaces––a small experiment focused on the intimacy of the human voice🧵
— Spaces (@TwitterSpaces) December 17, 2020
The Spaces team believes that sometimes the 280 character limit on tweets is not enough for users, and emotions and empathy are lost in the text.