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Platformer is your daily guide to understanding social networks and their relationships with the world. It's the best way to keep up on the events that mattered at Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter, Snap, and TikTok — with regular guest appearances from Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, and the upstart platforms that are challenging them.
New issues arrive at 5PM PT from Monday through Thursday, and on particularly newsy Fridays. It’s written by me, Casey Newton. I spent the past 10 years covering Silicon Valley for The Verge, CNET, and the San Francisco Chronicle. And now I’m reporting directly to you.
In addition to the below, I’ve written a more extensive guide to what Platformer covers, how I do my work, and how I see the world — you can find it here. I also invite you to read my ethics policy and the Platformer posting schedule.
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