Media News: Twitter Chaos: Technical Issues Delay DeSantis’ Presidential Bid Announcement

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By Dave Van Zandt

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis encountered technical difficulties during his White House bid announcement on Twitter, resulting in delays and confusion. The live stream was hosted on Twitter Spaces and faced several issues, with the sound cutting in and out in the first few minutes. The event was co-hosted by Elon Musk. This was attributed to a large number of users logging in to hear DeSantis’ announcement.

The event was stopped and then restarted, causing DeSantis’ announcement to be pushed back by about half an hour. Despite the early problems, the event ran for close to an hour after starting again, showing the determination of the organizers.

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The series of issues surrounding the Twitter livestream highlight concerns regarding Twitter’s technical infrastructure. Twitter Spaces, a new feature on the platform, was not specifically designed to accommodate a large audience, and it has been described as a “prototype” and a “janky” tool by a former Twitter employee.

Twitter has faced several outages and technical problems since Elon Musk took over the platform late last year. The problems during the recent event were partly due to the limited capacity of Twitter’s servers, which was made worse by Musk’s huge following of over 140 million users.

In light of these challenges, it is worth noting that current and former Twitter employees had previously warned that the big layoffs after Musk’s takeover could put the platform at risk of crashing during periods of high traffic. This seems to have played a role in the technical problems during DeSantis’s announcement.

This event is a reminder of the issues that can arise when hosting large events on platforms that might not be fully equipped to handle them. But, as the saying goes, “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” and despite the rough start, the event did manage to finish strong. With the shaky start to DeSantis’s presidential bid, it will be interesting to see how his campaign progresses and eventually ends.

Learn More about Ron Desantis and other United States Governors.

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