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Was Gawker as bad as Peter Thiel says

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In his discussion with Dave Rubin, Peter Thiel says that Gawker was a particularly bad example of a website that smeared peoples reputations. Given all the trolling, doxing etc that goes on, on other platforms and publications, could this possibly be true?
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So as context Gawker outed Peter Thiel as a homosexual. Many people have said he has a vendetta because of this. I must admit without knowing the details of how they outed him, it seemed pretty strange to me that in this day and age being outed, would be so bad. thiel explain in this chat that it wasn't them disclosing his homosexuality in principle which was the problem, but rather that they made it seem like he wasn't out of the closet for some shady reasons i.e. they made aspersions about his character as a reason for why Thiel was not public about his homosexuality.
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So Gawker released a private Hulk Hogan sex tape, and then Thiel funded Hogan to sue Gawker which led to their insolvency.
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Do you believe Thiel was taking down a truly exceptional bad player, or he had a personal axe to grind.
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Thiel has become somewhat of a politician, he spoke at the Republican National convention, I think he knows how to spin things. No doubt Gawker was terrible, but he had personal reasons for going after them in particular. I've watched this video of Thiel talking to Rubin, and Theil goes on about how smart Trump is. That's got to be plain politics. No one still really thinks Trump is very smart. Someone as smart as Thiel, who knows his facts about everything cannot truly find Trump to be highly intelligent.
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A lot of left-wing publications go after anyone not 'left enough' with reckless abandon. I think I remmeber Sam Harris being attacked numerous times by Salon, with prices that really misrepresented Sam. And recently Maajid Nawaz won a lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law centre, for labeling him as Islamaphobic. I assume most of you know who Maajid is but for others, he is a Muslim, and is a Muslim reformer, trying to get rid of extremism so clearly no chance he is Islamaphobic.
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Excuse my language, but I agree with what Sam Harris said recently that social media turns everyone into #%&*holes.
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What does that have to do with how bad Gawker is?
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What does that have to do with how bad Gawker is?
Many people become there worst selves on social media, and this includes flaming each other, trolling etc. Nothing special about Gawker.
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Many people become there worst selves on social media, and this includes flaming each other, trolling etc. Nothing special about Gawker.
But Gawker is publisher rather than a platform. They should have taken more responsibility for what they put out than platforms do.
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But Gawker is publisher rather than a platform. They should have taken more responsibility for what they put out than platforms do.
Well a lot of people have started to say even Facebook should be seen as a publisher, as they decide what content can be censored on their platform. And they also clearly have a left-wing bias to promote certain content, so in fact, they are de facto, a publisher.
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In principle i agree with what you are saying, but by law, Facebook and Twitter etc are regarded as platforms and can;t be sued because of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
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