Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said CNN may have broken the law in threatening to publicly expose the person who created a GIF of Donald Trump appearing to beat up a man with a CNN logo for a head.
After the president tweeted out the GIF last week, CNN has been on a warpath to hunt down the creator and make him pay. In an article published Tuesday, entitled “How CNN found the Reddit user behind the Trump wrestling GIF,” Andrew Kaczynski wrote, “CNN reserves the right to publish his identity should any of that change.”
The thinly veiled threat in CNN’s story has spurred much criticism, as detailed in an article by Peter Hasson at The Daily Caller, which the Texas senator tweeted out Wednesday morning along with a note about how the network may have broken Georgia state laws.
“Troubling. I assume CNN’s lawyers are examining GA § 16-8-16 Theft by extortion. If CNN constructively obtained the gif-maker’s IP…
“it’s a GA crime if they threatened to “Disseminate any information tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule….”
The law Cruz cited (GA § 16-8-16) states that it is a crime to unlawfully obtain property from another person by threatening to “disseminate any information tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule or to impair his credit or business repute.” Read more here.