(RightWing.org) – Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) is now a potential candidate in the 2024 presidential election, but his campaign didn’t get off to the best start. His online launch, through a Twitter stream, was delayed by technical issues. The social media platform’s engineering chief has now quit the company — and that might not be a coincidence.
On May 24, DeSantis launched his campaign through a Spaces event on Twitter — but with over half a million users logged in and waiting for the scheduled 6 p.m. announcement, the system crashed. In the end, DeSantis had to wait more than half an hour before he was able to push on with the event and confirm that he’ll be challenging Donald Trump for the Republican nomination.
While the technical errors were embarrassing for DeSantis, there might actually be some good news hidden in the mess. It looks like the system crashed because so many were trying to join the event, which suggests a lot of people at least wanted to listen to what he had to say.
It was also embarrassing for Twitter, though. Critics are blaming the issue on the staff cuts pushed through by Elon Musk since he took over the platform last year. The DeSantis launch was also an opportunity for Musk to show off the Twitter Spaces streaming service — the problems that emerged aren’t good publicity.
The next day, Foad Dabiri, Twitter’s head of engineering, announced he was leaving the company. In a tweet announcing his resignation, he praised the company and left out any details of why he was leaving. That hasn’t stopped speculation, though, and the timing— less than a day after such a high-profile failure of Twitter’s technology — doesn’t look like a coincidence. Musk is a businessman who wants results; Dabiri could be an example of what happens to people who don’t deliver.
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