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Giuliani Mocked After Response to Twitter Prank Shows Lack of Technical Knowledge

06 December 2018

Rudy Giuliani, who is serving as President Donald Trump's attorney as his legal troubles mount, claimed late Tuesday night that Twitter is behind conspiracy to "invade" his account.

G-20.In is a real domain name, but it hadn't been used before Giuliani tweeted it. Twitter automatically converts such valid links into blue, clickable text.

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It didn't take long for people to notice that the link (http://G-20.In) appearing in that quote redirected to a page that says "Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country".

Giuliani appears to attribute the hyperlink to a malicious effort by Twitter because of his second typo, "Helsinki.Either", did not have the same result. Velazquez told NBC that he doesn't know anyone at Twitter and didn't coordinate with them to insert the link into Giuliani's tweet.

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After the story broke, instead of deleting the tweet to take responsibility for his error, Giuliani instead chose to use the incident as fuel for those on the right to continue the narrative that Twitter is anti-Trump and anti-conservative.

Trump himself tweets constantly about the "Witch Hunt", and Giuliani plays ball with tweets of his own.

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In August, he accidentally wrote "hate 'me" rather than "hate 'em" leading several users to respond that they were happy to comply.

Velazquez, 37, tweeted about what he had done. He shared what he had done on Twitter, writing, "Rudy didn't separate g-20 from.in so ya boy bought the domain".

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For their part, a spokesperson for Twitter categorically denied Giuliani's inference, stating "the accusation that we're artificially injecting something into a tweet is completely false". The former New York City mayor reacted in outrage, claiming that the so-called "committed card-carrying anti-Trumpers" at Twitter had "allowed someone to invade" his tweet. He tells CNET the whole process took him 15 minutes, and "I did it, mostly, because I could". "Either I affect what his message is, or I affect what his message is".

Giuliani Mocked After Response to Twitter Prank Shows Lack of Technical Knowledge