Why did Paypal founder Peter Thiel back Hulk Hogan to sue Gawker?
The billionaire co-founder of Paypal Peter Thiel has admitted that he funded the wrestler Hulk Hogan's successful lawsuit against the online news site Gawker.
The wrestler sued Gawker after it published a private video of the star on its website.
David Folkenflik, a media correspondent for US National Public Radio, told the BBC's Today programme how a long-standing animosity might have motivated Mr Thiel.
The lawsuit, he said, appeared designed to take the company down. "This is an existential threat for Gawker," he told Sarah Montague.
27 May 2016
- From the section Technology