Rudy Giuliani Blames Twitter For His Internet Ignorance

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As to Giuliani's argument that the second "period no space" instance in his original tweet didn't create a similar link, that's because Helsinki.Either, so far, is not a working domain.

Last week, Giuliani took to his Twitter account to decry special prosecutor Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

When you click on the link, it takes you to the now purchased domain and states: "Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country".

Instead, he said that "Twitter allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message".

While it appeared Giuliani was unaware for several days that one of his tweets was being used to insult the president, that changed Tuesday.

Rudy Giuliani, who also serves as a cybersecurity advisor to Trump, inadvertently created a URL in a November 30 tweet when he failed to put a space after "G-20." but before the word "in".

The makeshift website quickly went viral, with almost 50,000 Twitter users "liking" Giuliani's tweet and posting anti-Trump messages in the replies.

How was the link created?

With no facts or justification, he blamed Twitter, saying employees there are "cardcarrying anti-Trumpers".

Echoing a common cry - sometimes made by Trump himself - that Silicon Valley's digital giants are biased against Conservative voices, Giuliani suggested that Twitter had done this deliberately. A spokesperson told Fortune that the company's "service worked as designed".

The tweet was well reported by the media but Giuliani's return to the topic has only fueled visits to the site, TechCrunch reported. At the time of this writing, Giuliani's tweet had 17,248 retweets and 46,827 likes. Twitter's service is intelligent enough to know when something is a domain and something is not.

A Twitter spokesman said "the accusation that we're artificially injecting something into a tweet is completely false". In 2017, he said that he would serve as Trump's cybersecurity czar.

Also, Giuliani spent 16 years as a security consultant and was originally brought on to the Trump team as a cybersecurity adviser.

A typo that joined two sentences, though, created what Twitter automatically read as a hyperlink to a webpage with an India domain "G-20.In".

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