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Twitter engineering chief resigns amid DeSantis launch problems

Twitter’s head of engineering resigned a day after technical difficulties plagued Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign kickoff.

Foad Dabiri tweeted, “After almost four incredible years at Twitter, I decided to leave the nest yesterday.”

The entry of Mr. DeSantis into the campaign for the White House was hampered by a malfunctioning Twitter live stream.

Since Mr. Musk purchased the company, over 80% of its personnel has been eliminated.

Mr. Dabiri did not say why he left Twitter or if it was related to the DeSantis event.

Twitter engineering chief resigns amid desantis launch problems
Twitter engineering chief resigns amid desantis launch problems

Mr. Dabiri, the engineering lead for Twitter’s Growth organization, stated in a tweet that he had “experienced two distinct eras” at the company, before and after its acquisition by the multibillionaire late last year.

In another post, Mr. Dabiri described Twitter’s “2.0” transition as “massive and rapid.”

He added, “To say it was challenging at the outset would be an understatement.”

Mr. Dabiri, on the other hand, stated, “Working with Elon Musk has been extremely enlightening, and it has been enlightening to see how his principles and vision are shaping the future of this company.”

Twitter issues delayed Mr. Desantis’ Republican presidential nomination announcement by 20 minutes.

By the time the Twitter discussion began on Wednesday evening, hundreds of thousands of users had departed the platform.

Former President Donald Trump’s chief adversary for the party’s nomination for the 2024 general election is the governor of Florida.

In October, Mr. Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, purchased Twitter for $44 billion (£35.4 billion).

Last month, he claimed cutting personnel from just under 8,000 when he bought the company to 1,500 was difficult.

Mr. Musk has fired tens of thousands of Twitter employees, including operations and technical personnel.

The team of Mr. DeSantis moved swiftly to spin the technical errors, tweeting that the announcement “broke the internet with so much excitement” and publishing a link to the campaign website.

His press secretary, Bryan Gryphon, asserted that the online fundraiser raised $1 million in one hour.

The Twitter event had more than 600,000 attendees at one time, but Reuters reported less than 300,000.

Once the simulcast began, Mr. DeSantis turned the conversation to his conservative credentials and praised his anti-lockdown response to the Covid-19 crisis in his state, which was praised by many Republicans.

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