Twitter’s head of engineering suddenly resigns after problematic DeSantis launch

Well this is strange. Twitter’s head of engineering suddenly resigned after the problematic launch of DeSantis campaign last night.

Via Daily Mail:

Twitter’s head of engineering announced on Thursday that he was resigning, the day after the disastrous attempts to launch Ron DeSantis’ presidential campaign on the platform.

Foad Dabiri tweeted: ‘After almost four incredible years at Twitter, I decided to leave the nest yesterday.

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

He admitted the October purchase of Twitter by Musk had made work ‘challenging’, with plenty of ‘outside noise’, but put a positive spin on the situation, saying he had learned enormously from the experience.

He did not go into detail about why he was leaving.

Musk and Sacks said the problems were due to ‘server strain’ and ‘melting the servers’, claiming that it was the largest event ever hosted online – but many pointed out that far larger events had been held without a hitch.

Musk is yet to comment on his departure.

I don’t think anything nefarious happened here, otherwise Musk would have fired him instead of letting him resign.

But what could have happened is that this failure fell on his shoulders, as head of engineering, and Musk came down on him for it and he resigned.

We’ll probably never know what actually happened, but I think the timing of this suggests the latter.

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