Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis made his 2024 presidential run official Wednesday, but his kickoff announcement on Twitter was plagued by technical glitches.
DeSantis announced his candidacy in a roughly minute-long Twitter video Wednesday, ahead of a Twitter Spaces discussion delving deeper into his candidacy with Twitter owner Elon Musk. But the audio stream for the event, scheduled to start at 6 p.m. Eastern, repeatedly crashed, making it virtually impossible for most people to follow in real-time.
Entrepreneur and investor David Sacks, who moderated the event, said the amount of people trying to join the livestream was “melting the servers,” and Musk admitted they were being “strained.” At one point, about 500,000 people were trying to listen in.
“You can tell by the mistakes that it’s real,” Musk said at one point.
Musk has fired or laid off about 80% of Twitter’s employees since buying the company last year, and closed one of its key data centers, leading critics to warn that Twitter crashes are much more likely to happen.
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Musk canceled the original Spaces after about 20 minutes of glitches and started a new one. The Spaces appeared to be working better as of 7 p.m. Eastern, with about 280,000 listeners, though there were still some complaints about audio dropping out.
The livestream ended after about an hour, with Sacks saying, “It’s not how you started, it’s how you finish and we finished strong.”
Rivals mocked DeSantis’s tech problems. “This is a disaster,” senior Trump adviser Chris LaCivita tweeted after he said he was kicked off the feed three times. He later called it “a clown show.” Donald Trump Jr. tweeted “#DeSaster.”
President Joe Biden even piled on, tweeting a fund-raising link from his personal account and saying “This link works.”