Gawker Draws Facebook's Ire

Site catches flak after mean-spirited repost of young woman's profile
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2008 8:51 PM CST
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(Newser) – and managing editor Nick Denton are well-known for poking fun at media types, but managers of Facebook say he went too far yesterday, writes. Gawker posted an item lampooning the daughter of American Law Media founder Steven Brill, poking fun at the 25-year-old’s weight alongside screenshots and other content lifted from her Facebook profile.

Other than her famous father, Portfolio writes, Emily Brill had no media connection that would make her fodder for the ever-more-combative Gawker. Facebook’s terms of use forbid reposting of the site’s content anywhere else on the Internet, and the social-networking site sent Denton a letter warning that his account would be deactivated if he did it again.