The glitch-filled launch of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination Wednesday on Twitter was reportedly caused by massive staff reductions and shrinking server capacity.
DeSantis’ announcement was set for Twitter Spaces, a digital town square where users can join as a listener to a host or co-hosts. Twitter owner Elon Musk and tech entrepreneur David Sacks, who has ties to Musk and is a DeSantis supporter, were co-hosts of the event.
More than 500,000 people were waiting for more than 20 minutes for the event to start, and many who joined were frequently kicked out. The first audio livestream crashed before DeSantis could make his announcement. The second drew about 700,000 listeners at its peak.
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