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CNN faces backlash over handling of doctored Trump wrestling video

CNN had said it would not reveal his name, noting he had shown remorse, taken down his account and promised not to publish ugly material online.

Published: 06th July 2017 07:58 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th July 2017 07:58 AM   |  A+A-

Snip from the controversial GIF President Donald Trump body-slamming a man with the CNN logo superimposed on his head. (Photo | Twitter)

By Associated Press

NEW YORK: CNN says a concern for the man's safety led to its decision not to publish the name of a Reddit user whose doctored video of Donald Trump beating up a man with a CNN logo superimposed over his face was later tweeted out by the president himself.

The network revealed that it had identified the man, who apologised for his posting and said it had been a prank.

CNN said it would not reveal his name, noting he had shown remorse, taken down his account and promised not to publish ugly material online.

But CNN's statement that it "reserves the right to publish his name should any of that change" led to a backlash.

Critics said the network was essentially blackmailing the man, which the network denied.



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