- Fox News called Elon Musk’s interview with Florida Governor and presidential candidate Ron DeSantis “amateur hour.”
- The outlet mocked the Twitter Spaces event, calling it a “disaster”.
- During the Twitter event, there were several technical issues as over 600,000 people logged in.
Fox News looked at Elon Musk and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Twitter Spaces event, during which DeSantis announced his entry into the presidential race.
“Ron DeSantis’ high-profile presidential announcement is a Twitter disaster,” read a banner on the outlet’s website.
Fox News also included a note on its homepage announcing its interview with DeSantis that was scheduled to air after the governor’s interview with Musk.
“Lineup Alert: Do you really want to see and hear Ron DeSantis? Tune in to Fox News at 8 p.m.”
The Republican governor appeared on Musk’s platform to launch his bid for the 2024 presidential election on Wednesday, but the event ran into some technical issues. The interview on Twitter Spaces – an audio-only live-streaming feature on the social media site – was scheduled to start at 6 p.m. ET, but was delayed due to issues with the platform. While more than 600,000 people logged in, there were audio crashes and feedback, with some users saying the app was crashing or disconnecting them.
After more than 20 minutes of confusion, longtime Musk friend and DeSantis supporter David Sacks launched a separate Twitter Spaces room from his account. DeSantis was able to announce his presidential campaign, and the interview with Musk seemed to go smoothly from there.
During DeSantis’ interview with Trey Gowdy on Fox News later Wednesday night, Gowdy also took a photo on Twitter.
“I can’t promise you I won’t break down, but Fox News won’t break down during this interview,” he said, adding that his daughter would be “very upset” if DeSantis “breaks Twitter.” .
Some hailed the Twitter event as a disaster. Even President Joe Biden seemed to be trolling the event on Wednesday. Meanwhile, Musk called the livestream “the best story on Earth.”
Sacks later said in an interview with Fox News that DeSantis “melted the servers”. The PayPal mob member said he was huddled with Musk and a number of engineers at Twitter headquarters trying to figure out the problem.
“We’ve had so much interest. I have to hand it to him, normally it takes a Kardashian to do that,” Sacks said during an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham. “We had so much interest – it took about 15 minutes. We’ve never had this level of scale before on Twitter. I think the biggest room was around 100,000.”
Insider previously reported that Twitter is starting to look a lot like Fox News as more conservatives flock to the social media site.