Trump's Lawyer Accidentally Dropped Link Into Tweet And Somebody Pounced

Hannah Rogers
December 6, 2018

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

With his tweet, Giuliani appeared to question why a link hadn't also been placed over the section "Helsinki.Either" ― where he'd further failed to leave a space.

Giuliani wrote: "Twitter allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message". His earlier firm, Giuliani Partners, had a subsidiary called Giuliani Security that at least at one time claimed to do "cybersecurity". In a follow-up tweet on Tuesday evening, Giuliani declared that he was not victim to a simple prank as a result of a typo, but was simply the latest supporter of the president to be victimized by Twitter.

"Because ".in" is the internet domain extension for sites in India, Twitter interpreted it as a website, and created a link.

It meant Giuliani was unintentionally linking to the anti-Trump message.

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.

The website involved appears to have been set up by a marketing director based in Atlanta, Georgia, who acted within hours of the tweet being posted.

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Nor is it the first time that politicians have run into issues related to domain names. Sen.

Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former lawyer, is busy singing for his freedom to Robert Mueller and those involved with the Russian Federation investigation.

Once he even told reporters he had toured a rural New Hampshire hospital where a woman rumoured to be his mistress worked to learn about its cybersecurity program.

Giuliani's original tweet has now gained nearly 50,000 likes and 17,000 retweets - but the wealthy lawyer was not impressed, lashing out at the social network.

A Twitter spokesman says the company can't edit users' tweets and "the accusation that we're artificially injecting something into a tweet is completely false".

In other words, if Giuliani tried again to post something with a.In, it would create a link. Right now, in 2018, Guiliani believes he is being maliciously cyberattacked on Twitter because he doesn't know how links work.

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