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Wondery Presents - Flipping The Bird: Elon vs Twitter

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🗓️ 1 May 2023

⏱️ 5 minutes

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When Elon Musk posted a video of himself arriving at Twitter HQ carrying a white sink along with the message “let that sink in!” It marked the end of a dramatic takeover. Musk had gone from Twitter critic to “Chief Twit” in the space of just a few months but his arrival didn’t put an end to questions about his motives. Musk had earned a reputation as a business maverick. From PayPal to Tesla to SpaceX, his name was synonymous with big, earth-shattering ideas. So, what did he want with a social media platform? And was this all really in the name of free speech...or was this all in the name of Elon Musk? 

From Wondery, the makers of WeCrashed and In God We Lust, comes the wild story of how the richest man alive took charge of the world’s “digital public square.”

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From Wondry, flipping the bird, Elon vs. Twitter, is a new podcast that unravels the fascinating


story of Elon Musk's unexpected bid to buy Twitter, and all of the drama that has happened


since then.


As one of the richest men on Earth and a self-described business maverick, Elon epitomizes


the Silicon Valley ethos of move fast and break things, and once Elon became Twitter's


new CEO, you were either with him or against him.


Those still employed at Twitter soon saw the company and its culture morphed into something


they didn't recognize.


He laid off 75% of the Twitter workforce, reinstated exceedingly problematic and dangerous


users, and even encouraged his staff to sleep in the office.


X employees, Elon's critics, and fellow CEOs were quick to announce him as an in over his


head rich guy.


But Twitter's doors are still open today.


Is Elon all talk or are his unruly methods actually the work of a genius?


However you feel about his approach, Elon's influence is not only ushering in a new


era of Twitter, but shaping the future of free speech on the internet as we know it.


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Twitter is under new ownership.


Elon Musk has arrived at Twitter San Francisco offices.


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