Elon Musk’s recent attempt to livestream his visit to the US-Mexico border using his platform, formerly known as Twitter, encountered technical difficulties and ultimately crashed, leaving the centi-billionaire frustrated. Musk, who had expressed keen interest in immigration matters, promised his followers an unfiltered and real account of the situation at the Texas border town of Eagle Pass.
However, just four minutes into the livestream, the video abruptly froze, causing the entire stream to crash. Musk, reportedly concerned about the potential crash due to high viewer numbers, ironically voiced his worries moments before the incident occurred. Soon after, he sent a brief company-wide email imploring his Twitter staff to fix the issue.
The livestream remained inactive for over half an hour before it resumed. This incident shed light on the vulnerabilities within Musk’s own platform infrastructure, which has faced various technical challenges during his livestreams in the past. It appears that Musk lacks confidence in his platform’s stability, and this incident further reinforces that perception.
Interestingly, after the livestream mishap, Musk discussed the concept of “citizen journalism” and promoted his platform as a place for regular individuals to contribute on-the-ground reporting that could potentially revolutionize the world. However, this stance contradicts his contentious relationship with journalists on the platform and his tendency to share conspiracy theories.
This incident serves as a reminder that even tech billionaires face setbacks and technical difficulties. Musk’s plea for help in the company-wide email reveals his reliance on his team to fix any issues promptly. It remains to be seen how this incident will impact Musk’s future endeavors and his company’s image.