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Peter Thiel to speak at Republican National Convention

The PayPal co-founder, venture capitalist and Donald Trump supporter is scheduled to speak on the last night of the GOP's convention, when Trump is expected to accept the nomination.

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Silicon Valley investor and outspoken Donald Trump supporter Peter Thiel will speak at the Republican National Convention, organizers said Thursday.

Thiel is slated to speak on the fourth night of the convention, when Trump is expected to accept the GOP presidential nomination, according to a schedule obtained by The New York Times.

In addition to co-founding PayPal and sitting on the board of Facebook, Thiel is known for quietly bankrolling a lawsuit filed by Terry Bollea, better known as Hulk Hogan, against Gawker Media. Hogan won the lawsuit, and Thiel acknowledged he'd backed the case financially. He's also said he's backing other lawsuits against Gawker.

Thiel didn't immediately respond to a tweet requesting comment on his participation at the convention, which starts Monday in Cleveland. Convention organizers also didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Thiel might be in good company with Trump, who has said he would like to loosen defamation standards, which would allow more lawsuits against news outlets.

But Thiel's role in the Gawker lawsuit had its critics in the tech sector. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, who also owns The Washington Post, blasted Thiel for his involvement, saying, "The best defense against speech you don't like is a thick skin."

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