New year, new … stroke? Angry supporters of President Trump stormed the US Capitol building on Wednesday and violently disrupted a session of Congress to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. They were largely repelled by the president himself even, who urged them to walk on Capitol Hill and then take to Twitter to double (quintuple?) his bogus allegations of voter fraud. As a result, a large number of social media companies have chosen to suspend Trump’s account for varying lengths of time, citing his rhetoric as inflammatory and dangerous.
This week on Gadget Lab, WIRED political writer Gilad Edelman joins us in explaining why companies like Facebook and Twitter have finally decided to take action to shut down Trump’s accounts. Then he takes a crash course in the wild world at CES – the first-ever fully virtual staging of the mainstream tech industry’s flagship event kicks off on Monday.
Gilad recommends that if you are buying an item of clothing that you like, consider purchasing more than one. And also the Anker Soundcore bluetooth speaker. Lauren recommends the Head space meditation app. Mike recommends a Manhattan black cocktail.
Gilad Edelman can be found on Twitter @GiladEdelman. Lauren Goode is @LaurenGoode. Michael Calore is @snack. 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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