In October 2017, the Wall Street Journal reported that Gawker bankruptcy plan administrators were looking to sell the Gawker.com domain, and were searching for buyers. Thiel's lawyers believe he's unfairly excluded from the bidding process, and that the sale should be paused until the matter is resolved.
This means that Thiel is interested in bidding on Gawker.com and its assets, which would include its archive of articles, its branding and its social media accounts. He could be involved in owning the company, or he could be keen to buy it and delete the Gawker.com archives.
This would be about as just, and heavy-handed as Rome salting the farms of Carthage to stop the city ever challenging the Empire ever again. Like Carthage when this happened, Gawker is not a threat to anyone and its complete destruction was petty in the first place.
Thiel said that Gawker pioneered a unique and incredibly damaging way of getting attention by bullying people even when there was no connection with the public interest. In a speech, Thiel once described Gawker as a "singular, sociopathic bully".
Univision shut down operations of Gawker.com, the company's flagship site, but has continued to run its other properties, which consist of Gizmodo, Lifehacker, Deadspin, Jezebel, Kotaku, and Jalopnik.
The Gawker archives are still available online.