Freedom of the Press Foundation will preserve Gawker’s archives

TechCrunch | 2/1/2018 | Catherine Shu
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Gawker’s posts will be captured and saved by the non-profit Freedom of the Press Foundation, following a report that venture capitalist Peter Thiel wants to buy its remaining assets, including archived content and domain names. Thiel bankrolled the lawsuit that led to Gawker’s bankruptcy and eventual shutdown in 2016.

In a blog post, Parker Higgins, the Freedom of the Press Foundation’s director of special projects, said it is launching an online archive collection with Archive-It, a service developed by the Internet Archive (the non-profit that runs the Wayback Machine). The archive will focus on preserving the entire sites of “news outlets we deem to be especially vulnerable to the ‘billionaire problem,’” Higgins wrote.

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Gawker shut down in August 2016 after its owner, Gawker Media, filed for bankruptcy following a legal battle with Hulk Hogan (real name Terry Bollea), who sued the site after it published a clip of his leaked sex tape. The wrestler was awarded $140 million by a jury in May 2016. Gawker initially appealed the decision before agreeing to pay Bollea $31 million. After the jury’s decision, it was revealed in a Forbes report that Hogan’s case had been quietly bankrolled by Silicon Valley investor Peter Thiel.

Thiel’s long-standing enmity against Gawker reportedly began in 2007, when it published a story about his sexual orientation years before Thiel publicly came out at the 2016 Republican National Convention (in a New York Times opinion piece published after the convention, Thiel wrote that “cruelty and recklessness were intrinsic parts of Gawker’s business model”).

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