11 Facts About Gawker

1. In 2013, when Deadspin, Gawker's sports website, revealed that Notre Dame was propagating an unverified tear-jerking tale of tragic romance for Manti T'eo, its Heisman candidate hopeful, the future president applauded this unmasking of fake news.

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2. In 2014, Gawker had a net revenue of $44 million, making the site itself worth at least $250 million, Business Insider reported.

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3. In September 2015, Gawker published a first-person narrative by a former employee of British tabloid The Daily Mail which was critical of the journalistic standards and aggregation policies for its online presence.

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4. On December 11, 2010, the Gawker group's 1.3 million commenter accounts and their entire website source code was released by a hacker group named Gnosis.

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5. On February 15, 2010, Gawker announced it had acquired CityFile, an online directory of celebrities and media personalities.

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6. On June 10, 2016, Gawker filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and put itself up for sale.

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7. In February 2011, Gawker posted an email exchange between United States Congressman Chris Lee and a woman he had met through a personal ad on Craigslist.

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8. In 2007, Gawker published an article by Owen Thomas outing Silicon Valley venture capitalist Peter Thiel as gay.

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9. In February 2010, Denton announced that Gawker was acquiring the "people directory" site CityFile.

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10. On September 21, 2007, Gawker announced Balk's departure to edit Radar Magazine's website; he was replaced by Alex Pareene of Wonkette.

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11. On January 15, 2008, Gawker mirrored the Scientology video featuring Tom Cruise from the recently removed posting on YouTube.

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