- By Peter Hoskins and Annabelle Liang
- business reporter
A technical director at Twitter said he was leaving the company a day after Ron DeSantis’ US presidential campaign on the platform experienced technical problems.
Foad Dabiri tweeted: “After nearly 4 incredible years at Twitter, I decided to leave the organization yesterday.”
Mr. DeSantis’ entry into the race for the White House was hit by a glitch in the Twitter live stream.
More than 80% of the company’s workforce has been cut since Musk’s acquisition.
Mr Dabiri, technical lead for Twitter’s Growth organization, said in a tweet that he has “passed through two distinct periods” at the company, before and after it was acquired by the billionaire last year.
In another postMr Dabiri said Twitter’s transition to “2.0” was “big and fast”.
He added: “To say it was a challenge in the first place would be an understatement.”
Mr. Dabiri did not specify why he decided to leave Twitter and whether it was related to problems with the DeSantis event on the platform.
He did not immediately respond to the BBC’s request for comment. Twitter made no statement on Mr Dabiri’s resignation when approached by the BBC.
Still, Mr Dabiri said: “Working with @elonmusk is highly educational and it’s exciting to see how his principles and vision are shaping the future of this company.”
By the time the Twitter talk on Wednesday night began in earnest, hundreds of thousands of Twitter users had already left the platform.
The Florida governor is seen as the main rival for former President Donald Trump to become their party’s candidate in the 2024 general election.
Mr Musk, who also runs carmaker Tesla and rocket company SpaceX, bought Twitter for $44 billion (£35.4 billion) in October.
Speaking to the BBC last month, he said that cutting the workforce from less than 8,000 people at the time he bought the company to about 1,500 was not easy.
Since Mr. Musk took the helm of Twitter, he has laid off thousands of employees, including engineers responsible for the site’s operations and technical troubleshooting.
Mr DeSantis’ team worked quickly to fix the technical problems, writing on Twitter that the announcement broke “the internet with so much excitement” and posting a link to the campaign’s website.
His press secretary Bryan Griffin stated online events raised $1 million in an hour.
At one point, the event on Twitter attracted more than 600,000 listeners, according to Reuters news agency, but by the end, the number had fallen to just under 300,000.
As the live stream began, Mr. DeSantis turned the conversation to his conservative credentials and introduced how he’s handling the Covid-19 crisis in his state – an anti-lockdown approach that has been embraced by many parties. Republicans welcome.