After threatening to release the identity of the Reddit user who claimed to have created the WWE-style meme showing President Donald Trump hitting the CNN logo, the cable network is now facing massive backlash, The Daily Caller reports.
CNN is taking aim at Reddit user HanAssholeSolo after he took credit for the video that Trump posted on Twitter.
The user reportedly had a history of making anti-Semitic and racist comments online, according to the news organization.
CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski decided not to identify the user because he is a private citizen who has issued an apology and has removed all his offensive posts on social media.
But Kaczynski added that the media giant “reserves the right to publish his identity” if the user will continue his “ugly behavior” online.
His statement was widely interpreted by the public as a threat, prompting many Twitter users to use the hashtag #CNNBlackmail.
Republican lawmaker Scott Taylor was among those who accused CNN of doing blackmail.