You Tube Alt Rumble Joins Musk In Suing Speech Police For Driving Away Advertisers

Russell Brand and Rumble CEO Chris Pavlovski
  • Tech billionaire Peter Thiel drove Gawker into bankruptcy by funding an invasion-of-privacy lawsuit against the tabloid news site by Terry Bollea, known as former pro wrestler Hulk Hogan, whose sex tape Gawker published.
  • Gawker’s defenders alleged Thiel’s involvement was “payback” for having outed him as gay several years before.
  • “It’s less about revenge and more about specific deterrence,” he said in 2016 in his first interview after his identity was revealed. “I saw Gawker pioneer a unique and incredibly damaging way of getting attention by bullying people even when there was no connection with the public interest.”
  • Roughly seven years later, speech-policing watchdogs that aim to starve less-moderated tech platforms of advertising revenue are facing a similar threat from Elon Musk’s X, formerly Twitter, and now Rumble.