Twitter crashed repeatedly on Wednesday during a highly anticipated live audio chat between Twitter owner Elon Musk and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, disrupting the politician’s announcement that he is running for the Republican presidential nomination.
Since Musk took over the social media platform in October, he has fired thousands of employees, including many engineers responsible for fixing software bugs.
Current and former Twitter employees previously told Reuters that the massive layoffs would put the platform at risk of crashing during times of high traffic.
“There are so many people here that I think we’re melting down the servers, which is a good sign,” David Sachs, a venture capitalist and close friend of Musk, said Wednesday as he attempted to launch the program.
The Spaces session resumed approximately 25 minutes after the start, with approximately 241,000 users tuning in to listen.
“Failure to launch”, “crash” and #DeSaster were among the trending Twitter topics in the US during the chat session.
Amidst the mishaps, US President Joe Biden poked fun at the shaky rollout of DeSantis’ presidential bid by tweeting the fundraising appeal: “This link works.”
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