Holmes was a media phenomenon, using her carefully crafted celebrity to defraud investors, and only a determined newspaper reporter did the digging needed to cause this house of cards to collapse.
The end of the Theranos saga comes as Big Tech is under unprecedented attack, its leading companies accused of silencing conservatives as they struggle to ban misinformation about the coronavirus.
And yet the likes of Twitter and Facebook, caught in this crossfire, have suffered self-inflicted wounds by repeatedly seeming to target high-profile conservatives.
Theranos founder and former CEO Elizabeth Holmes, center, walks with her partner Billy Evans, left, and her mother Noel Holmes as they leave the Robert F. Peckham Federal Building on Jan. 3, 2022, in San Jose, California. A jury found Elizabeth Holmes guilty on three counts of wire fraud and one count of conspiracy to defraud investors. (Getty Images)