Gawker is an American blog founded by Nick Denton and Elizabeth Spiers and based in New York City, focusing on celebrities and the media industry. The blog promotes itself as "the source for daily Manhattan media news and gossip". According to third-party web analytics provider SimilarWeb, the site has over 23 million visits per month as of 2015. Founded in 2003, Gawker is the flagship blog for Denton's Gawker Media. Gawker Media also manages other blogs such as Jezebel, Deadspin, and Kotaku.
Gawker came under scrutiny for posting videos, communications and other content that violated copyrights or the privacy of its owners, or was illegally obtained. On June 10, 2016, Gawker announced it would be filing for bankruptcy as a direct result of the monetary judgement against the company related to the Hulk Hogan sex tape lawsuit. On August 18, 2016, Gawker Media announced that its flagship blog, gawker.com, would be ceasing operations the week after. The other websites in the Gawker Media family were unaffected by its shut down. Founder Nick Denton created the site's final post on August 22, 2016. Source