TechnologyWhat Would Elon’s Twitter Takeover Look Like?

What Would Elon’s Twitter Takeover Look Like?

It probably won’t surprise you that Twitter’s a bit of a mess right now. Last week, billionaire Elon Musk made a play to buy the whole company, stating that his goal was to turn it into a bastion for free speech absolutists. Regardless, Twitter is also in the process of undergoing some changes that are posed to shake up the platform, with or without Musk’s involvement.


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This week on Gadget Lab, we’re joined by Casey Newton, the journalist and writer of the Substack newsletter Platformer. Casey comes on the show to talk all about Twitter, Elon, and the always controversial edit button.

Show Notes

Read and subscribe to Casey’s newsletter, Platformer. Here’s how Twitter’s edit button might actually work. Read more about what exactly Elon’s vision of truth means.


Casey recommends the show Yellowjackets on Showtime. Lauren recommends Goodreads. Mike recommends simplifying your burgers (i.e., stop putting marshmallow Peeps on them).

Casey Newton can be found on Twitter @CaseyNewton. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snackfight. Bling the main hotline at @GadgetLab. The show is produced by Boone Ashworth (@booneashworth). Our theme music is by Solar Keys.

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