3 days ago, Donald Trump became the first United States shitposting president after he posted a WWE meme of himself slam-dunking a CNN logo; which the media chose to treat like the second holocaust. After spending two whole days complaining about how Trump was promoting violence against the press (Because edited WWE gifs are threats of violence, obviously), CNN decided to track down the person who had originally made the meme (I shit you not), and threaten to release his full identity.
The creator of the meme, who goes by the name “HanAssholeSolo” on Reddit and is believed to be 15 years of age, went into full panic mode – I think you would to, if a giant multi-billion company was coming after you for making a fucking gif. He deleted his entire post history on Reddit, issued an apology on the R/The_Donald subreddit which the mods quickly deleted, and then shut down his account. CNN decided to consider this as a victory.
They decided not to publish his full identity because he apologized (under duress); however, they cannot promise that they will not release his personal information in the future. I wish I was making this up:
The Reddit user who initially claimed credit for President Donald Trump’s tweet that showed Trump tackling CNN issued an apology Tuesday 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.The apology came after CNN’s KFile identified the man behind “HanA**holeSolo.”
Using identifying information that “HanA**holeSolo” posted on Reddit, KFile was able to determine key biographical details, to find the man’s name using a Facebook search and ultimately corroborate details he had made available on Reddit.
CNN is not publishing “HanA**holeSolo’s” name 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. In addition, he said his statement could serve as an example to others not to do the same. CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.
Blackmailing an underage teenager into issuing an apology to you for making a meme on the Internet. A very tame meme at that. This is a new low for CNN. For what its worth, 4chan is now doxxing some CNN workers as retaliation. Can’t say I blame them. The rest of the Internet is also fighting back: