Elon Musk suffered another embarrassing blunder in the wake of Ron Desantis’ disastrous Twitter Spaces campaign launch, as his attempt to boast about the Florida Governor’s fundraising ‘record’ was quickly corrected by his own platform.
The billionaire tried to hit back at the ‘noise’ following the fiasco, which saw DeSantis‘ widely expected announcement interrupted by numerous technical glitches.
‘But you what isn’t noise? Setting an all-time record for fundraising!’ Musk tweeted, citing the 2024 hopeful’s $8.2 million haul in the first 24 hours of his candidacy.
The tweet, which was viewed over 21 million times, was quickly corrected by a community note, which pointed to the actual record being set by Donald Trump at $25 million the day after he announced his failed re-election bid in 2019.
Elon Musk hit back at the ‘noise’ surrounding his bungled hosting of Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign launch
The billionaire Twitter owner attempted to boast about DeSantis’ ‘record’ fundraising numbers – a claim which was later corrected by a community note
The humiliating community note further stated that half of DeSantis’ donations came via a fundraising event that started before his botched Spaces announcement.
Community notes are a feature of Twitter that attempts to provide added context to posts and correct misinformation.
Twitter says it has no control over the writing, rating or moderation of the notes, with the corrections appearing when they are rated helpful by other users.
DeSantis has been widely mocked for his unorthodox decision to announce his White House run on Twitter Spaces in favor of a traditional rally.
However, a decimated staff and shrinking server capacity have been blamed for the debacle after a large number of people flooded the platform to tune in.
Twitter Spaces staff numbers have been slashed from 100 workers to just three in recent months, with engineers at the company admitting they ‘weren’t ready’ for the onslaught of users.
More than 500,000 people were waiting for more than 20 minutes for the event to start, and people who were able to join were frequently kicked out.
The first audio livestream cut out before DeSantis could get his news out. The second one fared little better, drawing roughly 700,000 listeners at its peak.
DeSantis is seen as the main competitor for Trump. Pictured: Trump shakes hands with DeSantis as Florida first lady Casey DeSantis looks on during a rally in Estero, Florida on October 31, 2018
A hot-mic discussion between Musk and Spaces moderator David Sacks was also picked up during the event, where they said the issues were due to ‘server strain’ and users were ‘melting the servers’.
The duo alleged it was the largest event ever hosted online – another claim that was disputed as many pointed out larger events had been held without issue.
Notably, the Florida Governor did not manage to speak for the first half an hour of his launch due to the numerous glitches.
When he was finally able to start, he was heard in a freewheeling conversation with Musk touting his record dealing with COVID and taking veiled swipes at Donald Trump.
He also vowed to reverse ‘everything’ President Biden had done with America’s southern border.
‘I am running for president of the United States to lead our great American comeback,’ DeSantis said. ‘But we know our country’s going in the wrong direction. We see it with our own eyes. And we feel it in our bones.’
DeSantis would later claim that his announcement ‘broke the internet’ as he attempted to brush off the shambolic start.
While the delivery was a joke and appeared to make light of the haywire announcement, DeSantis did not crack a smile – although he did manage a brief grimace as he ended his speech.
DeSantis poses with his family, Florida first lady Casey DeSantis and their three children, Madison, 5, Mason, 4, and Mamie, 2
Foad Dabiri resigned as Twitter’s head of engineering following the disastrous launch
The humiliation of DeSantis’ campaign announcement was worsened when Twitter’s head of engineering, Foad Dabiri, announced his resignation after the event.
He tweeted: ‘After almost four incredible years at Twitter, I decided to leave the nest yesterday.
‘The combination of the fantastic community, the impact it has, and its limitless potential sets Twitter apart.’
He admitted the October purchase of Twitter by Musk had made work ‘challenging’, with plenty of ‘outside noise’, but put a positive spin on the situation, saying he had learned enormously from the experience.
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