Man faces federal and state charges after tweeting GIF to Newsweek writer


DALLAS, TX (WCMH) — A Maryland man is facing charges after tweeting a GIF to a journalist that induced a seizure.

Police say John Rivello tweeted animated strobe images to Newsweek senior writer Kurt Eichenwald last December with the message “you deserve a seizure for your post.”

Eichenwald is epileptic and the strobe lights triggered a seizure, CNN reported.

The FBI and police in Maryland and Dallas investigated the case and arrested Rivello.

Rivello was previously charged with federal cyberstalking for the tweets. The State of Texas has since added a charge of aggravated assault. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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