Twitter’s head of engineering resigns a day after DeSantis launch glitch

  • By Peter Hoskins, Annabel Lien
  • business reporter

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DeSantis’ highly anticipated entry into the 2024 White House race was hit with a technical glitch

Twitter’s head of engineering has announced that Ron DeSantis is leaving the company, one day after a technical glitch in launching his US presidential campaign on the platform.

Food Dabili tweeted: “I decided to leave the nest yesterday after almost four wonderful years on Twitter.”

Mr. DeSantis’ run into the White House campaign was plagued by problems with Twitter’s live stream crashing.

More than 80% of the company’s workforce has been cut since Musk bought it.

Dabiri declined to say why he decided to leave Twitter or whether it was related to DeSantis Events’ issues on the platform.

The BBC did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Twitter did not make a statement about Mr Dabiri’s resignation when contacted by the BBC.

Daviri, who was the head of engineering at Twitter’s growing organization, said in a tweet that he “went through two different times” at the company, before and after it was acquired by the billionaire last year.

in another postDaviri said Twitter’s move to 2.0 was “massive and rapid.”

He added, “It’s not an exaggeration to say that it was tough at first.”

However, Dabiri said, “Working with @elonmusk has been very educational and enlightening to see how his principles and vision are shaping the future of this company.”

By the time Wednesday night’s Twitter talks began in earnest, hundreds of thousands of Twitter users had left the platform.

The governor of Florida is seen as the biggest rival to former President Donald Trump, who is the party’s candidate for the 2024 general election.

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Watch: Listen to DeSantis’ failed Twitter stream

Musk, who also runs car maker Tesla and rocket company SpaceX, bought Twitter for $44 billion (£35.4 billion) in October.

In an interview with the BBC last month, he said it wasn’t easy to cut the workforce from just under 8,000 to about 1,500 when he bought the company.

Since Mr. Musk took control of Twitter, he has laid off thousands of employees, including engineers who run the site and troubleshoot technical issues.

DeSantis’ team worked quickly to clear up any technical stumbling blocks, writing on Twitter that the announcement had “so excited the internet” that it was disrupting, and posting a link to the campaign website.

His press secretary, Brian Griffin, claimed: online event We raised $1 million in an hour.

The Twitter event attracted more than 600,000 listeners at one point, but fewer than 300,000 by the end, according to Reuters statistics.

As the livestream began, DeSantis shifted the conversation to his conservative stature, touting the state’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. It was an anti-lockdown approach that many Republicans admire.

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