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Twitter remains committed to Spaces despite messy DeSantis incident

Twitter will “continue to experiment” with its audio platform Spaces to give political candidates a chance to connect with audiences despite technical glitches at a high-profile event, said David Sachs, who has worked with Elon Musk and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. Moderated a discussion between. on Wednesday.

Sachs, a general partner at venture capital firm Kraft Ventures, acknowledged that the talks got off to a rocky start, but said it went well after Musk switched from the account to his own. “If your audience goes to Twitter right now and listens to the recording, I think they will wonder what all the fuss was about,” he said on Bloomberg TV on Thursday. “Once we started with a room on our account, we did the whole thing,”

The Twitter Spaces program was intended to launch DeSantis’ 2024 presidential campaign. More than 500,000 people waited more than 20 minutes for the event to begin, and those attempting to attend were often turned out. DeSantis and Musk joke that they broke the Internet.

The gaffe was widely mocked online and Sachs failed to challenge DeSantis on key points, such as his fight with The Walt Disney Company, or what is taught in schools on race or sexuality, as well as the candidate’s supporters. decision to allow Ask questions. Sachs defended the discussion, saying that after the initial failure it went to full length and that the one-hour conversation was not enough to cover every issue.

“We tried to ask them some tough questions,” Sachs said.

Sachs blamed the deadline for not being able to bring up DeSantis’ controversial views on abortion. “I think it’s an important issue and he’s going to talk about it,” Sachs said. “We couldn’t cover every single issue at this town hall. We covered so many issues, and it still feels like we’re just scratching the surface. I think there are other opportunities for the candidate to address this.” Will be

“Twitter very much wants to be an open platform, a town hall for candidates to use,” Sachs said.

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