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Twitter's engineering chief quits after launch of Ron DeSantis' presidential campaign

NewsTwitter's engineering chief quits after launch of Ron DeSantis' presidential campaign

Twitter’s head of engineering has quit the platform just a day after the disastrous attempt to launch Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign on the site.

The live-stream of the launch on Wednesday was hit by technical issues. Viewers were unable to get audio of the feed, which was set to include a hot mic discussion with Twitter’s owner Elon Musk and moderator David Sacks.

Musk and Sacks blamed the issues on “server strain”, with CNN reporting around 500,000 people attempted to log on and listen to DeSantis’ campaign launch.

Twitter’s owner however called it the “top story on Earth”, saying it was “massive attention”.

Head of engineering Foad Dabiri has however left the platform after the event, reports the Daily Mail. He tweeted: “After almost four incredible years at Twitter, I decided to leave the nest yesterday.

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“The combination of the fantastic community, the impact it has, and its limitless potential sets Twitter apart.”

In October, Dabiri admitted Musk’s takeover had been “challenging”, citing “outside noise” impacting the workforce. He did, however, say he had learnt a lot from the experience.

His social media post did not reveal why he was leaving the company.

However, in a thread, Dabiri thanked colleagues for their work and friendship.

He wrote: “What an extraordinary journey it has been.

“To say it was challenging at the outset would be an understatement. The change was massive and rapid; we came through and emerged stronger, thanks to the remarkable team that held the fort.

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

Dabiri reportedly studied for a PhD in computer science at the University of California in Los Angeles. He joined Google in 2001 before starting up a tech company called Wanda three years later.

He stepped down as Wanda CEO in April 2019, joining Twitter three months later. He said working at the tech company had been a “remarkable” experience.

He continued: “Twitter is a place that defies comprehension. It’s unique, peculiar, remarkable, and resilient, all thanks to the brilliant and capable individuals who have built and continue to shape it.

“It’s impossible to grasp the inner workings of this platform and what goes on on a daily basis unless you’ve been fortunate enough to experience it firsthand. So kudos to the team that, despite all the outside noise, keep going and going strong.”

Musk is yet to comment on his departure.

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