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Nick Denton: 'Peter Thiel needs to develop thicker skin'

Gawker Media continues to face a long-running legal battle with Peter Thiel - the billionaire founder of Paypal.

Speaking to the BBC's Samira Hussain, the British internet entrepreneur and founder of Gawker Media Nick Denton, said he has little sympathy for Mr Thiel.

"If you're a billionaire and you have power and access to the media, you should expect now and then to get the occasional critical piece," said Mr Denton. "I think a wiser approach to getting angry and trying to sue a media company out of existence is to - as Jeff Bezos recommended - develop a thicker skin."

Mr Thiel was outed as gay by Gawker's Valleywag blog in 2007.

In 2016, Gawker lost a $140m (£97m) lawsuit Mr Thiel funded on behalf of former wrestler Hulk Hogan. Mr Thiel told the New York Times he funded Hogan's legal action as a deterrent, rather than for revenge. He said he viewed Gawker as "a pioneer of a unique and incredibly damaging way of getting attention by bullying people, even when there was no connection with the public interest."

  • 03 Jun 2016
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