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Charge Andrew Kaczynski and CNN with coercion in the second degree

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CNN's Andrew Kaczynski or whoever was involved in the writing of this article violated § 135.60 of the New York criminal code concerning "coercion". In this article, Kaczynski writes that he and his team at KFILE tracked down a Reddit user by the name of HanA******Solo supposedly responsible for a GIF that Donald Trump posted on Twitter. 

Kaczynski claimed that he and his team discovered the identity of the Reddit user and attempted to contact him. Shortly after this, CNN reports the user took to his Reddit account to issue an apology for his posts and vowed to never do it again. While many claim that these efforts by CNN to track him down and expose his identity are deeply unethical and frankly disturbing, what came next in the article was much more troubling. 

Kaczynski says that he chose not to publish the user's identity "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 reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change."

This violates § 135.60 of the new York criminal code.

"A person is guilty of coercion in the second degree when he or she compels or induces a person to engage in conduct which the latter has a legal right to abstain from engaging in, or to abstain from engaging in conduct in which he or she has a legal right to engage,... by means of instilling in him or her a fear that, if the demand is not complied with, the actor or another will: ...

5. Expose a secret or publicize an asserted fact, whether true or false, tending to subject some person to hatred, contempt or ridicule;". 

Kaczynski clearly violated this by what he wrote in his article when he said that CNN could publish his identity if he did not do what they wanted. If his identity was published, CNN said themselves "that it did not publish the user's name out of concern for his safety" . CNN is saying that if the Reddit user does not follow their instruction, the have the right to put his safety in jeopardy. 


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