This is the final entry in a series of four posts about corporate takedowns. The first post was about American Apparel. The second post was about Theranos. Last week’s post was about the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica data sharing scandal. Today’s post will discuss Gawker.
Gawker was a blog website focused on New York City celebrity and media news and gossip. It was launched in 2002 and was a popular source of often controversial content about famous people and prominent organizations. Gawker faced first public scrutiny and later legal battles about posting videos, e-mails, and other private information that was suspected to have been improperly obtained or in violation of confidentiality or copyright interests. In 2016, the end of a protracted legal battle over one such posting led to a $140 million legal judgment against Gawker and the company’s resulting bankruptcy.