Many are angry at CNN because they think CNN is blackmailing reddit user /u/HanAssholeSolo for creating content the company didn't like. The reddit user created a video of President Donald Trump beating up CNN as well as a meme which listed Jewish CNN reporters.
CNN dug into the user's history and found his identity. Although the network did not reveal the user's identity, CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski wrote:
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.
Many are seeing this as CNN blackmailing the user into silence. Some argue it's wrong to dox people, even trolls. Others argue it's fair game. It was the user who decided to create incendiary content, post it online, while being careless enough to post identifying information.
Many feel like doxxing is wrong except in the most extreme situations. It violates the sacred anonymity of the internet. A lot of internet things only work because people feel free to be weird thanks to their anonymity. It provides safety which enables the free flow of ideas, good and bad, for all involved. Doxxing destroys this safety.
The threat of losing your anonymity online undermines this incredibly important cornerstone of the internet. Being able to openly say what you think is only possible if people are able to mask their identities if they so choose.
Doxxing is basically the end of online privacy for that person. Their personal information becomes publicly known permanently and can lead to real life consequences for what's often petty internet drama.
Others argue there's no such thing as privacy on the internet. If you're posting vile content in a public space, or harass others on a public website, and also happen to post identifying information about yourself, that's your problem. No one is compelling trolls to be assholes online. Just like there's no law against trolling, there's no law against doxxing. Everyone has the right to be an asshole online and everyone has the right to expose assholes online.
The world we live in have consequences. Obviously doxxing people as a form of harassment takes on a different dimension. But many have zero sympathy for trolls. If you live by the sword you die by the sword.