Thanks, Peter Thiel and Hulk Hogan–Gawker is shutting down
Gawker is shutting down.
The website announced that they would be shutting down next week because their new owner, Univision, said so. The US Spanish-language network, which also owns Fusion, has decided to keep the media companies' other six sites alive, but not the flagship brand.
— Nick Denton (@nicknotned) August 18, 2016
To everyone wondering: Other six sites (Kotaku, Deadspin, Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Lifehacker, Jezebel) will live on under new ownership.
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) August 18, 2016
The company's problems started when the editors published a video of wrestler Hulk Hogan and he claimed a breach of privacy and sued the website. A Florida jury ruled in his favor and awarded him $140 million in damages -- money that Gawker didn't have, prompting them to declare bankruptcy.
Univision just decided to get rid of all the negative aspect of the sale by shuttering Gawker. This also does mean that Thiel and Hogan got what they wanted, and quite a few people are unhappy about this. Some see this as problematic for First Amendment rights, while others love Gawker and will miss it.
Gawker was my dream job & I got to work with some of the funniest, smartest people I've ever met & there's nothing anyone can do about that.
— Gabrielle Bluestone (@g_bluestone) August 18, 2016
— Taylor Berman (@tcberman) August 18, 2016
Hulk Hogan's penis has officially put an end to Gawker.
The website will be shutting down next week. RIP pic.twitter.com/PbLyEEykqS
— Philip DeFranco (@PhillyD) August 18, 2016
gawker made good writers WANT to actually write online–also the reasons why any of us are actually trying to do this for a living
— LW (@lindseyweber) August 18, 2016
Gawker did a lot of important work. This is fucking bullshit. At least a creepy Silicon Valley plutocrat's hurt feelings have been avenged
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) August 18, 2016
Throughout its existence, Gawker has moved the needle in some really profound ways. What a goddamn shame.
— Madeleine Davies (@madeleine_rae) August 18, 2016
— Richard Lawson (@rilaws) August 18, 2016
That Gawker doesn't fit into a new company's business plan -- even a fine new company! -- is something, sadness aside, to be proud of.
— Will Leitch (@williamfleitch) August 18, 2016
@Gawker Finally, a victory for vengeance-crazed billionaires everywhere
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@DrNeilTyson) August 18, 2016
— Zac Wassink (@ZacWassink) August 18, 2016
Some people are not upset at all though.
They messed with the wrong guy brother HH
— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) August 18, 2016
Denton's finger hovers over the "Publish All Drafts" button in the Gawker CMS.....
— Hunter Walk (@hunterwalk) August 18, 2016
— Ken M. Haggerty (@kenmhaggerty) August 18, 2016
— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) August 18, 2016
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Anugya is originally from New Delhi, India. She studied journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York, graduating with a master's in international reporting. She plans to travel one day to all the places she reads about. She likes reading fiction, pop music, and going to the beach, but absolutely hates anyone mangling or shortening her name (which is quite common). She binge watches Korean dramas and anime series. She's a freelance writer and has produced content that has appeared in NBC, The Times of India, Time Out Delhi, and other publications.