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Peter Thiel's Support Of Gawker Lawsuit Prompts Debate Online

Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal attends a press conference at the 2014 Web Summit on November 6, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal attends a press conference at the 2014 Web Summit on November 6, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland. (Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

Gawker CEO Nick Denton is challenging Paypal co-founder Peter Thiel to an “open and public debate.”

Thiel, a billionaire, revealed this week that he funded Hulk Hogan’s $140 million lawsuit against Gawker, after one of Gawker’s websites revealed in 2007 that he was gay.

It’s a story about Silicon Valley taking on media. Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Slate’s Julia Turner about what it says about privacy in the Internet age.

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