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Outages, garbled audio: DeSantis’s 2024 launch marred by Twitter tech meltdown

Struggling platform experienced its greatest stress test yet on Wednesday, with glitches piling as more people joined the stream

Ron DeSantis’s presidential campaign launch on Twitter Spaces was hyped by Elon Musk as “groundbreaking”, and extensively advertised as a new frontier for “free speech” in politics. Instead, the results were a disaster.

The event, which marked the first time a major candidate had announced their run for president on social media, marked Twitter’s latest attempt to draw more users and create profit as financial challenges mount. Since taking over the social network, laying off upwards of 80% of staff, Musk’s company has experienced a rise in technical glitches and errors.

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