Peter Thiel on funding Gawker lawsuit - Business Insider Deutschland
Le milliardaire libertaire Peter Thiel investit dans la censure juridique.
Billionaire Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel has acknowledged that he secretly financed Hulk Hogan’s lawsuit against Gawker Media in an effort to put the news website out of business, according to The New York Times.
In an interview published Wednesday by The Times, Thiel said “it was worth fighting back” against the outlet, which in 2007 published an article titled “Peter Thiel is totally gay, people.”
Thiel, who cofounded PayPal and sits on Facebook’s board of directors, provided millions of dollars for Hogan’s lawsuit and is apparently funding other cases.
The Times’ Andrew Ross Sorkin noted that Thiel declined to reveal which other cases he supported.
“It’s less about revenge and more about specific deterrence,” Thiel told the newspaper in his first interview since the rumors that he funded the lawsuit reached a tipping point on Tuesday.
“I saw Gawker pioneer a unique and incredibly damaging way of getting attention by bullying people even when there was no connection with the public interest,” Thiel said.