Buzzfeed Being Sued By Russian Tech Guru For Spreading Defamation, Fake News
Buzzfeed Lawsuit
(Last Updated On: May 25, 2017)

Fake news can damage careers, hurt relationships, and tarnish reputations. It’s something many mainstream media outlets don’t care about in their bid to push ideological agendas from their platforms. This tactic came back to bite a certain outlet in the rear end, though. Buzzfeed.

Daily Caller is reporting that Ursula Ungaro, a U.S. District Court judge over southern Florida, denied Buzzfeed’s request recently to have their case moved to the southern district of New York. This stems from a lawsuit filed against Buzzfeed from a Russian tech entrepreneur named Aleksej Gubarev, who was formally named and outed as part of the “Russian Dossier” that Buzzfeed published back on January 10th, 2017.

Daily Caller notes that most reputable outlets avoided publishing the dossier despite having received it before November 8th. Their reluctance in publishing the information form other outlets should have been a sure sign to stay away, especially since other news outlets were afraid to go to publication since they couldn’t verify any of the claims within the dossier.

The dossier itself made some bold claims about President Donald Trump, his ties to Russian agencies, and Gubarev playing a role in it all.

Gubarev denies his involvement with what was claimed in the dossier, especially in regards to him being coerced by Russian spies to partake in the operations lest compromising information be released about his personal life.

The Russian tech mogul decided to sue Buzzfeed for defamation, putting other outlets on notice in case they want to continue to publish fake news.

Gubarev’s lawyer, Val Gurvits, confirmed to McClatchy DC that they will be deposing Buzzfeed’s editor-in-chief, Ben Smith.

They also want to verify what steps Buzzfeed took to verify their information before going to print.

Buzzfeed spokesman, Matt Mittenthal, commented to McClatchy DC that they aren’t worried about the lawsuit from Gubarev, saying…

“While we are disappointed with the judge’s ruling (Monday), we’re confident that Mr. Gubarev’s suit will eventually be dismissed wherever we are forced to fight it,”

Gawker had a similar air of hubris going into their battle against Hulk Hogan over publishing the sex tape. The company had been sued by Hulk Hogan, former professional wrestler, for their publishing small bits of his sex tape for public perusal. A year before the verdict was passed down they were touting victory from a mile away.

For instance, back on June 16th, 2015, then owner of Gawker, Nick Denton, exclaimed…

“There’s a one in ten chance of disaster,” […] “The way I look at it, it’s a five in ten chance that we come through this stronger, and four in ten it’s a wash. Only one in ten bad.”

Well, the one in that 10 turned out to be bad because that’s where the roulette wheel ended up.

The jury awarded Hogan $140 million when all was said and done, and Gawker had to sell off their assets to Univision.

Some people commenting across the articles are excited to see what will become of Buzzfeed if the lawsuit goes through, hoping that they get shutdown or bought out like Gawker. Others are saddened that this could potentially destroy the narrative that Russia had anything to do with the U.S., elections.


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  • Paradox Reign

    First, there was Gawker, now Buzzfeed will follow. One by one, the roots are getting pulled out. May all of them go down and suffer.

  • Disqusted

    Aren’t Buzzfeed being sued by a ton of people for constant lies? I remember seeing their bullshit fake video where a woman is faux shocked when her fake boss lies that she gets paid less for the exact same job, and people believed it.

    I also hear their staff, along with nearly everyone else on the left, are engaging in smear/hate/bullying campaigns against anyone who dares even mention Seth Rich’s mysterious unsolved demise… as if it’s somehow relevant to them! HMM.

  • Disqusted

    Aren’t Buzzfeed being sued by a ton of people for constant lies? I remember seeing their bullshit fake video where a woman is faux shocked when her fake boss lies that she gets paid less for the exact same job, and people believed it.

    I also hear their staff, along with nearly everyone else on the left, are engaging in smear/hate/bullying campaigns against anyone who dares even mention Seth Rich’s mysterious unsolved demise… as if it’s somehow relevant to them! HMM.

  • Vagina-senpai

    That rare moment when you root for Russia.

  • Vagina-senpai

    That rare moment when you root for Russia.

  • Grey

    Guy sort of looks like a Russian incarnation of Tony Montana, so Buzzfeed is probably fucked regardless of the legal outcome. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/433bd0e47a521440c39550f89b9b24420828389b211516624e64d9bda98dbe69.jpg

  • MusouTensei

    I hope russia wins.

  • MONAD

    2016 saw the end of Gawker. Let’s hope 2017 will see the end of Buzzfeed.

    • Migi

      I kinda hope it will become a trend and each year a SJW affiliation goes under.

      • RichardGristle

        And that the bullshit they spewed in their what-they-thought-was-neverending safe space comes back to make them completely unemployable in the future.

  • BuzzFeed is one of the most biased and misandrist SJW-feminist sites you can get. Hope they get killed off and their employees are never able to find another job again until they learn to be fair, open-minded, tolerant and accepting of differing opinions.

    • RichardGristle

      I often hear “I’m glad that company is being punished, but I’m not glad that people will be out of jobs.” Fuck that. Gawker, Buzzfeed, you name it, their employees deserve the absolute worst.

      • I often hear “I’m glad that company is being punished, but I’m not glad that people will be out of jobs.”

        The people who say that tend to be the Moderate fence-sitting cucks or the moral high-horse “muh don’t be like SJWs” good guys. Both contribute absolutely nothing to the fight against SJWs/feminists, in fact they are a hindrance because their mentality gives SJWs even more power.

        I’m done with trying to reason with/be polite with SJWs, it simply doesn’t work. 6+ years of virtually no progression proves it.

        I want these parasites to be kicked out of everything and ostracized until they learn to be fair, honest and be able to tolerate differing opinions.

      • I often hear “I’m glad that company is being punished, but I’m not glad that people will be out of jobs.”

        The people who say that tend to be the Moderate fence-sitting cucks or the moral high-horse “muh don’t be like SJWs” good guys. Both contribute absolutely nothing to the fight against SJWs/feminists, in fact they are a hindrance because their mentality gives SJWs even more power.

        I’m done with trying to reason with/be polite with SJWs, it simply doesn’t work. 6+ years of virtually no progression proves it.

        I want these parasites to be kicked out of everything and ostracized until they learn to be fair, honest and be able to tolerate differing opinions.

  • Bitterbear

    Something I noticed about these trash-talking sites. When they go after an ordinary person with no monetary -aka can’t afford a long lawsuit- means to fight back? You’re going to see many professional journalists crying on social media that places like Gawker/Buzzfeed/HuffPo/Salon are a threat to society, that these sites give journalism a bad name and they shouldn’t exist.

    Of course, when someone who can afford it does fight back? Check on Twitter all that people with blue ticks crying that freedom of speech is being threatened.

    These trash sites exist just like the ugly chicks hired to make below average women look sexy when put together.

  • Bamf

    There are some websites that just make you stupider and stupider every time you visit…

  • Mr.Towel

    Was that the dossier about Trump’s Waifus and pissing on Obama’s blowdoll to later throw it perfectly from a 6 story building into a garbage truck?

  • GuyverOne

    Hope Aleksej wins and that nest of degenerates over at buzzfeed get what they deserve.

  • Alistair

    The judge was a woman yes that refusal to let buzzfeed.

    There is hope after all, as in not “All Women are close minded” As regressions are. Being a judge should be unbiased.

  • Migi

    Let’s hope it goes the way of the Gawker.