How to Delete a Gawker (Gizmodo, Kotaku, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Lifehacker) Accoun
Gawker has had a very difficult 2010 and 2011, becoming a primary inspiration behind our series of articles on minimizing your online footprint. In late 2010, a hacker managed to break into Gawker and steal the account information of some 1.3 million users. Have you ever joined a Gawker website such as Gizmodo, Kotaku, Jalopnik, Jezebel or Lifehacker and left a comment on an article, never to return again? If you used the same password for Gawker that you use for any other website, you would be very wise to change all of your passwords as quickly as possible.
Following the server breach, Gawker unveiled a new design for all of its websites that moved the network away from its blogging roots and toward a more magazine-like layout. Many users disliked the new layout and stopped visiting Gawker’s sites. Whether you have stopped reading Gawker’s websites because you do not like the new design, or never visited again after leaving your first comment, delete your Gawker account to prevent another data breach from compromising your other online accounts.
Deleting a Gawker account removes it from the entire Gawker network of websites, including Gizmodo, Kotaku, Jalopnik, Jezebel and Lifehacker.
- Proceed to any Gawker.com website such as Gizmodo, Kotaku, Jalopnik, Jezebel or Lifehacker and click the “Login” link in the upper-right corner of the page. Enter your user name and password to log in.
- Proceed to the Gawker account deletion page in a new browser window or tab.
- Scroll down to Section 5 and click the red “Delete Account” button.
- Type your Gawker user name and password a second time, and click the “Login” button. According to Gawker, this queues your commenter account for deletion, which can take up to 30 days to complete.
Note: You may be able to delete your Gawker account more quickly by emailing Gawker directly. Send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading “Delete Account.” Make sure that you do this from the email address linked to your Gawker account. You may get a faster response by also providing your real name.