Twitter vows to “keep experimenting” with Spaces, even after Ron DeSantis’ failed campaign kicks off
Twitter will “continue to experiment” with its Spaces audio platform to give political candidates the chance to connect with an audience, despite technical glitches at a high-profile event, said David Sacks, who moderated a discussion between Elon Musk and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. On Wednesday.
Sacks, a general partner at venture capital firm Craft Ventures, acknowledged the conversation got off to a rocky start but said it went smoothly after they switched Musk’s account to his. “If your viewers go to Twitter now and listen to the recording, I think they’re going to wonder what all the fuss is about,” he said on Bloomberg TV on Thursday. “Once we started in a room with my account, we worked perfectly”,
The Twitter Spaces event was meant to kick off DeSantis’ 2024 presidential campaign. More than 500,000 people waited more than 20 minutes for the event to start, and people trying to join were frequently kicked out. DeSantis and Musk joked that they broke the internet.
The malfunction was widely mocked online, and Sacks was unable to challenge DeSantis on key points such as his fight with the Walt Disney Co., or restrictions on what schools teach about race or sexuality, as well as the decision to only allow supporters of the candidate. ask questions. Sacks defended the discussion, saying that it worked perfectly after the initial glitch and that the hour-long conversation was not long enough to cover all the topics.
“We tried to ask him some tough questions,” Sacks said.
Sacks blamed the time limit for failing to bring up DeSantis’ controversial views on abortion. “I think it’s an important issue and he’s going to have to talk about it,” Sacks said. “We couldn’t cover all the topics in this town hall. We covered so many issues, and it still feels like we’re just scratching the surface. I think there will be other opportunities for the candidate to refer to that.”
Sacks said: “Twitter is very keen to become an open platform, a town hall for candidates to use.”