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CNN Responds to 'Blackmail' Criticism

Network says criticism over wrestling video story is off-base

(Newser) - CNN scored a news scoop when it tracked down and interviewed the maker of the gone-viral wrestling video featuring President Trump. The network didn't identify the Reddit user behind the video but reserved the right to do so with language that critics say amounted to blackmail. All of which... More »

CNN Threatens to Unmask Creator of Trump Video

He says he's very sorry

(Newser) - The Reddit user who was overjoyed when President Trump tweeted his video of Trump body-slamming a man with the CNN logo over his face changed his tune when CNN caught up with him. CNN says user HanA**holeSolo posted an extensive apology on Reddit after the network discovered his identity and... More »

Reddit User Thrilled With Trump's Wrestling Video Tweet

'I never expected my meme to be retweeted by the God Emporer himself!!!'

(Newser) - The video at the center of yet another President Trump controversy appears to have originated on Reddit, where user HanA**holeSolo has become the toast of the r/The_Donald community. The video , a clip from a 2007 WWE event with CNN's logo replacing the head of Vince McMahon as he is... More »

Val Kilmer Changes His Tune on Cancer

In Reddit AMA, says he had a 'healing' of it

(Newser) - Val Kilmer took Michael Douglas to task for saying the actor had oral cancer . "I love Michael Douglas but he is misinformed," was how Kilmer put it six months ago. It appears that wasn't so. In a Wednesday Reddit Ask Me Anything chat that's now grabbing... More »

Question From Teenage Boy Leaves Gorsuch Speechless

He was asked to weigh in on favorite Reddit debate

(Newser) - Sometimes you just need to know what a Supreme Court nominee is willing to fight—be it 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck. The "would you rather" question, often debated on Reddit , was one of the odder questions Neil Gorsuch faced during Day 1 of his confirmation hearing... More »

Reddit Just Banned 2 'Alt-Right' Communities

Someone apparently got doxed

(Newser) - Reddit is known for its "Ask Me Anything" event forums—but "Tell Everyone Everything" and you may get your category banned. The Verge reports that the site nixed two subreddits that feature "alt-right" content (far-right content that often stresses white identity) amid accusations of doxing , or when... More »

Guy Finds Swastikas in His Boot Prints

Polar Fox footwear is being pulled

(Newser) - Leaving a trail of swastikas in their wake is generally not a goal of consumers, which is why a California company is pulling a version of its "military combat boots" from stores. In a post viewed more than 3 million times, a Reddit user described receiving his Polar Fox... More »

Tennis Great Serena Williams Is Engaged

She's marrying Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian

(Newser) - She's a 22-time Grand Slam champion; he's the co-founder of Reddit. And now they're getting married. Business Insider reports Serena Williams is engaged to Alexis Ohanian, whom she's been dating since 2015. The engagement is a "surprise" as the two "have kept their love... More »

Reddit CEO Says He Edited Posts Without Users' Consent

'It does get old getting called a pedophile constantly'

(Newser) - The CEO of Reddit has admitted to editing posts critical of him without the consent or knowledge of the users whose posts were changed, BuzzFeed reports. According to Business Insider , it started with Reddit shutting down the "Pizzagate" page because it didn't "want witch hunts on our... More »

Internet Acting Weird Today? You're Not Alone

Outages on Twitter, other sites after DDOS attack

(Newser) - If you like to ease your way into the day by flipping on some Spotify tunes and checking out your Twitter feeds and favorite Reddit forums, Friday morning was probably pretty miserable. That's because those sites, and dozens of others, experienced annoying disruptions (or were down completely for some)... More »

Ken Bone's Reddit AMA Went Well— at First

Then people starting looking into his previous posts

(Newser) - Ken Bone, who became a viral sensation thanks to the bright red sweater he wore during Sunday's presidential debate, may now have a face even redder than his zipper-up attire. Chicagoist notes Bone held a Reddit AMA Thursday evening, and by most accounts (as per CNET ), Bone was... More »

Selfie Shows Before and After of Heroin Addiction

Courtney, 24, is two years sober and hoping to inspire others to get clean

(Newser) - On Wednesday, a Reddit user named DisregardThisOrDont posted an incredibly powerful selfie, Stuff reports. The selfie—posted alongside a mugshot taken two years ago—is captioned: "Here is what 826 days sober looks like. Recovery is possible!" According to the Houston Chronicle , DisregardThisOrDont is a 24-year-old named Courtney.... More »

Trolls Target Amy Schumer's New Book

They're leaving fake one-star reviews on Amazon

(Newser) - Amy Schumer's new collection of essays, titled The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, currently sits at the No. 2 spot on Amazon's bestsellers list, with Heidi Stevens at the Chicago Tribune describing it as "a brave, vulnerable tale" that's also "hilarious." Its Amazon... More »

Angry Joker Fan Says He's Suing Over Suicide Squad

He claims trailers promised a level of Jared Leto that the movie didn't deliver

(Newser) - The only people more villainous than clown-faced maniacs are the people who make movie trailers about them, apparently. Comicbook.com reports a Scottish Reddit user named BlackPanther2016 claims he or she is suing Warner Bros. and DC over what he claims were misleading Suicide Squad trailers that heavily featured Jared... More »

Man Asks Internet to Help Him Find His Pants. It Does

'I enjoyed myself thoroughly'

(Newser) - The internet is an amazing invention that puts all the world's knowledge at your fingertips. It can also help you find your pants. CBC reports Canadian man Andy Gaudry was visiting Halifax last Friday for his grandma's 80th birthday when he went out "gallivanting" with some cousins.... More »

Odd Sci-Fi Novel Emerging in Reddit Comments

And it's getting bigger every day

(Newser) - An anonymous author seems to be inventing a whole new way to publish a novel: not in book form, or even ebook form, but in the comments section of random posts at Reddit. As Gizmodo explains, a Redditor known only by the user name _9MOTHER9HORSE9EYES9 began publishing lengthy, bizarre comments... More »

What the Heck Is Up With This Reddit Mystery?

At first no one noticed the numbers and letters quietly churning away at A858

(Newser) - It all started back in 2011 when a Reddit account began posting an indecipherable sequence of numbers and letters to a new subreddit, r/A858DE45F56D9BC9, or r/A858 for short. After languishing in Internet obscurity for nearly a year, another Reddit user requested more information, asking: "Do these seemingly random strings... More »

Mom Bills Son $1K for Being an 'A--hole'

Her son calls it a 'very effective parenting technique'

(Newser) - A Reddit user living in Toronto better be kissing up to his momma for quite a while: The 23-year-old student, who goes by Chalipo on Reddit, recently got into an argument with his mom about how much it had cost her to support him over the last 13 months, reports... More »

Guy Autotweets Comcast Whenever His Service Stinks

It's happened 16 times in 3 months

(Newser) - Many people have famously poor luck when trying to shout, however publicly , at Comcast customer service. So one user is taking what Geek.com describes as a "passive aggressive" approach by programming his Raspberry Pi to automatically tweet every time his Internet service falls below an unacceptable speed (it'... More »

How a Reddit User Helped Solve a 20-Year-Old Mystery

Family members spotted shared photos of 'Grateful Doe'

(Newser) - For 20 years, he was known as "Grateful Doe." Now, police have confirmed a man killed in a car accident in Greensville County, Va., with two ticket stubs for a Grateful Dead concert in his pocket, was Jason Callahan, a 19-year-old from Myrtle Beach, SC, who'd set... More »

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