A technical mishap during Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ 2024 US presidential campaign on the app this week has led to the Twitter Spaces team being slashed from around 100 to only three employees, an IANS report reveals.
Most of the “institutional knowledge it built since Twitter introduced live audio talks in 2021 to compete with the then-trendy Clubhouse” was gone from the Spaces team, the Platformer reported. “Hardly anyone remaining knows the current architecture thoroughly,” one person commented on a pseudonymous employee forum called Blind, as per the Business Standard.
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The announcement of Ron DeSantis’ 2024 presidential bid on Twitter Spaces with Elon Musk was marred by technical glitches, as the platform could not handle the huge audience.
Around 678,000 people were listening when Twitter crashed several times, and Musk attributed the problems to the high demand.
The Spaces session had to be restarted, with about 304,000 listeners.
David Sacks, a venture capitalist and a close friend of Musk, tried to start the conversation on Wednesday. “We have so many people here that I think we’re kind of breaking the servers,” he said.
Bryan Gryphon, DeSantis’ campaign spokesman, claimed on Twitter that the enthusiasm for DeSantis had “literally broken the internet” and that the campaign had raised $1 million in an hour.
The Twitter interview lasted an hour and had long periods of silence, and thousands of people were either kicked out or unable to join.
Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, who was hosting the chat, said the outages were caused by servers not having enough space for the large number of people who wanted to listen.
After launching another Spaces from entrepreneur David Sacks’ Twitter account, Musk apologized and said, “I think we’re definitely doing something new here. I don’t think any major presidential candidate has ever announced their candidacy on social media like this. So thank you for doing that.”
DeSantis will run against Trump for the Republican nomination. But he may face challenges soon as he is behind the former president in recent polls.
Musk said a day before the official announcement that he would interview DeSantis because he has “a big announcement to make,” and that this would be the first time something like this happened on social media.
Musk said he would not endorse any candidate yet, but he wanted X/Twitter to be “a kind of public town square.”
The Twitter CEO also said the live questions and answers would not be “scripted.”