Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was set to announce his 2024 presidential campaign on a Twitter Space with Elon Musk today, but Twitter itself had other ideas.
The product, which allows livestreamed group voice chats, cut out quickly after going live at 3PM PT. The audio glitched in and out, at times only playing reverb noises along with some distorted speech. At the time of writing, there were 580,000 listeners in the Twitter space, which was set to be hosted by venture capitalist and Musk ally David Sacks.
Sacks called the Twitter Space “probably the biggest room that has ever been assembled online.” Even at its peak, the Twitter Space certainly wasn’t the largest online virtual assembly on any platform — events on Fortnite and elsewhere easily dwarf the Space’s numbers — but there were quite a few listeners present for the ill-fated campaign kick off.
Twitter has been beset by technical issues since Musk took over last last year, gutting its staff and slashing the company’s expenses. By 3:20PM PT, TechCrunch observed that the live audio session was only available as a recording.