Top Twitter engineer quits 1 day after DeSantis tech debacle, but says that wasn’t the reason

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Former Twitter engineering chief Foad Dabiri is indicating his decision to leave the social media platform wasn’t because of Wednesday’s Ron DeSantis debacle.

The Florida governor entered the 2024 presidential race with a much-hyped appearance on Twitter Space. DeSantis hoped to break new ground by choosing an unconventional venue to announce his candidacy. Instead, he and Twitter owner Elon Musk, who hosted the visit, were widely mocked after technical issues turned the first 20 minutes of the announcement into a fiasco.

Dabiri tweeted news of his resignation with several posts after the Twitter meltdown, but felt a need to clarify one point Friday: “Since some have asked, my decision and the timing of it are independent of any recent events,” the techie claimed.

DeSantis’ botched announcement was mocked by Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, who predicted “his whole campaign will be a disaster.”

The launch was dubbed “#DeSaster” on social media.

Even President Biden, the likely 2024 Democratic nominee, got in on the jokes, sharing a link for campaign contributions. “This link works,” he tweeted.

Dabiri’s string of tweets began Thursday with the announcement, “After almost four incredible years at Twitter, I decided to leave the nest yesterday.”

He thanked his colleagues for their efforts and praised their resilience.

“Working with @elonmusk has been highly educational, and it was enlightening to see how his principles and vision are shaping the future of this company,” he added.

Musk, the world’s second richest man, paid $44 billion to purchase Twitter in October. That began a major overhaul including mass layoffs and the restoration of accounts previously banned for sharing hate speech and disinformation. Musk claimed Twitter lost half its value by March, but later said the company was breaking even.

Musk has attempted to position the platform as a competitor to actual news outlets, though audiences don’t appear to have bought into the idea thus far. Roughly 300,000 people listened to DeSantis’ announcement Wednesday, compared to the 3.1 million people who tuned in when Trump did a CNN Town Hall earlier this month. Twitter claims more than 3 million people later listened to a recording of DeSantis’ announcement.