Detroit Today: Twitter’s future under Elon Musk’s ownership

Vox tech writer Sara Morrison joined “Detroit Today” to discuss the controversial changes Elon Musk has made to Twitter since his acquisition.

A sign at Twitter headquarters is shown in San Francisco, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022.

Recently, many Twitter users began seeing an image of a dog instead of the customary bird logo. The image is known as “doge” — a meme associated with Elon Musk.

It’s just the latest in a series of curious changes Twitter users are finding on the platform. These changes included the removal of blue check marks — Twitter’s method of indicating if a user is verified by the platform — from those who refused to pay an $8 monthly fee.

This week the social media platform also added a label to NPR’s account, giving it a misleading designation as “U.S. state-affiliated media.” That’s despite National Public Radio receiving less than 1% of its budget from government funding and having full editorial independence, which Twitter has previously acknowledged.

Listen: What Twitter CEO Elon Musk is changing on Twitter


Sara Morrison is a senior Vox reporter who covers data privacy, antitrust and Big Tech. She says many people are not seeing the appeal of the changes to Twitter.

“Unfortunately, maybe for [Elon Musk], not many people are paying,” says Morrison.

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