Gadget Lab Podcast: Can Facebook and Twitter Be ‘Fixed?’

Facebook and Twitter went to Washington. Almost instantly afterwards, controversial Internet troll Alex Jones was kicked off Twitter. Now what? WIRED senior author Issie Laposwky joins the Gadget Lab podcast this week to break down the Senate Intelligence Committee hearings, inform us what it means for Facebook and Twitter (and Google – which didn’t ship its CEO to the hearings), and to assist us reply the query that’s grow to be one of many extra urgent questions in trendy instances: Is social media responsible, or are the people who do horrible issues on social media responsible?

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Show notes: Issie wrote all in regards to the hearings, in addition to Alex Jones getting booted off Twitter, this week.

Recommendations this week: Issie recommends the Dr. Death podcast, about murderous surgeon and the well being care system that failed to guard his sufferers. Mike recommends a podcast, too: The Bob Lefsetz podcast. Lefsetz is a music trade insider and “gadfly,” as Mike describes him; his friends are fascinating. Arielle recommends testing the @Sweden Twitter account, the “final good factor on Twitter,” earlier than it shuts down on the finish of the month. For a number of years now, the account has been curated by a rotating solid of Swedes who have been tasked with representing life in Sweden. Lauren recommends “Glow,” on Netflix. It’s a present a few present about ladies’s wrestling within the 1980’s. You gained’t remorse it.

Send the Gadget Lab hosts suggestions on their private Twitter feeds. Arielle Pardes is @pardesoteric. Lauren Goode is @laurengoode. Michael Calore could be discovered at @snackfight. Bling the principle hotline at @GadgetLab. Our theme music is by Solar Keys.

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