Gawker Media owns Jezebel and Kotaku and influences how they report on events.

Special project Edit

On October 26, 2014, Twitter user BronzeHammer reported that had Gawker announced plans to hire 200 established social media commentators for a "hearts and minds" project, and that this announcement was deleted shortly after it was published.

Looking for Contributors for a Special Project

We just got authorized by a higher-up, just in the "nick" of time, to get some troops together for a rather covert operation. We're tight-lipped on the details for now, but I can say the pay will be VERY good since this is coming from the advertising side. As you might expect, it's sort of a "hearts and minds" thing. Looking for upwards of 200+ freelancers with established social media profiles.

Boycotts Edit

On October 16, 2014, Valleywag editor Sam Biddle tweeted: [1]

Bring Back Bullying

Ultimately #GamerGate is reaffirming what we’ve known to be true for decades: nerds should be constantly shamed and degraded into submission

@hamiltonnolan @Based_Tet @max_read Max just told me I’m getting a raise because I made gamers cry

Biddle's bullying tweets were favorited or favorably retweeted by: [1]

Car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz withdrew its advertising from Gawker. [2]

Similar controversies Edit

In 2011, Media critic Ryan Holiday had fooled Gawker into running a completely unsubstantiated story about his book Trust Me, I'm Lying.

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Gawker advocates for bullying to return for nerds and gamers,October 16, 2014,
  2. Mercedes pulls ads from Gawker,

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