JUST IN: Social media attacks CNN for blackmailing private citizen

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Following CNN’s threat to reveal the identity of a Reddit user alleged to have created an animated image mocking the cable news network that was recently tweeted by President Trump, #CNNBlackMail rose to the number 1 spot on Twitter’s trending hashtags.

In the lead article posted on CNN’s website on Tuesday evening, the network stated that the Reddit user had apologized for “the video and other offensive content he posted — one day after CNN identified the man behind the account and attempted to make contact with him.”

In the article, CNN promised to keep the user’s name confidential, for now, but only because “he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology, showed his remorse by saying he has taken down all his offending posts and because he said he is not going to repeat this ugly behavior on social media again.”

CNN said that the network “reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.”

As a result of their statements, CNN is now being widely accused of blackmail by users of social media, with #CNNBlackMail becoming the top trending hashtag in the United States.

Notables who condemned CNN included WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, self-proclaimed “internet freedom fighter” Kim Dotcom and political candidate Brianna Wu, among others.

 

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