Reddit user behind Donald Trump CNN GIF apologises after being tracked down

Nichole Vega
July 7, 2017

Media watchdogs and journalist advocates criticized the president for the tweet, saying that Trump was implicitly condoning assault. I'm not so sure about that, but in any case I managed to avoid wasting time on it.

CNN's own Brian Stelter tweeted out a link to the aforementioned policy when he wondered in public if the GIF itself violated Twitter's terms.

The Reddit user, who created a video of President Donald Trump "beating up" CNN, has apologized saying he didn't intend to incite violence against the media.

"I would never support any kind of violence or actions against others simply for what they believe in, their religion, or the lifestyle they choose to have", he added. But apologizing for them? It became his most-shared Twitter post and caused lots of controversy, mainly because the clip had been doctored with a CNN logo plastered over the WWE CEO's face.

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CNN is facing escalating backlash after publishing a controversial article on a Reddit user.

In a statement released today, CNN said it declined to release Solo's name "out of concern for his safety", and said the user had apologized before speaking with reporters.

"It is a sad day when the President of the United States encourages violence against reporters".

CNN also reports that the user has confirmed his identity, and that it agreed not to reveal his name because "he is a private citizen who has issued an extensive statement of apology" who has "showed his remorse".

CNN also issued a statement on Wednesday, claiming that it never blackmailed the Reddit user. The rumors around his age were first circulated from threads on 4Chan and Imgur, but CNN journalist Andrew Kaczynski quickly wrote a rebuttal noting that the Reddit user is in fact a middle-aged man. If CNN really meant to withhold HanAssholeSolo's information regardless of what he did, then why didn't the news organization say it was withholding his private information simply because he's a private citizen?

"Sorry guys. It isn't doxxing [sic] to do clever research to uncover someone's anonymous identity and then keep him anonymous", he tweeted Tuesday.

But in an article published yesterday, CNN wrote that, just prior to Solo's post, the organization had determined Solo's identity by piecing together information he'd previously posted online.

However, Kaczynski said in a tweet that HanA**holeSolo had called him to say that he completely agrees with the article's statement, and that he did not perceive anything it said as a threat.

The post has since been removed from Reddit, and HanAssholeSolo has deleted his account.

CNN also explained to readers why the network chose to not identify the man by name, which they have every right to do. "I was not threatened in anyway, '" he wrote.

Kaczynski responded to criticism on Twitter Tuesday.

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