Glitches mar pres’l run launch on Twitter

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Glitches marred the Twitter launch of Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ White House bid announcement on Wednesday.

The crashes and delays in Twitter owner Elon Musk’s audio-only livestream with DeSantis for nearly half an hour caused only a few hundred thousand people to tune in to the virtual online assembly.

The conversation repeatedly crashed as the platform’s servers were apparently overwhelmed, and many of the 400,000-plus users who were hoping to listen in missed the 44-year-old conservative throwing down the gauntlet to Republican primary frontrunner Donald Trump.

DeSantis finally began speaking after almost half an hour of confusion and chaos — although what should have been an exultant launch had been thoroughly overshadowed by the time he was able to make his case for the Republican nomination.

“I am running for president of the United States to lead our great American comeback,” he told the listeners, although tens of thousands had abandoned Twitter by that point.

Memes mocked the glitchy Twitter townhall but the DeSantis camp said it had raised online $1 million in campaign donation in one hour.

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