Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday slammed Twitter after someone turned an accidental link in one of his tweets into a website accusing President Donald Trump of treason.
On Friday, Giuliani – Trump’s TV lawyer & cybersecurity advisor – posted this tweet with a rogue hotlink:
Mueller filed an indictment just as the President left for https://t.co/8ZNrQ6X29a July he indicted the Russians who will never come here just before he left for Helsinki.Either could have been done earlier or later. Out of control!Supervision please?
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) November 30, 2018
“Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country.”
But Rudy thinks it’s Twitter’s fault.
“Twitter allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message,” complained Giuliani. “The same thing-period no space-occurred later and it didn’t happen. Don’t tell me they are not committed card-carrying anti-Trumpers. Time Magazine also may fit that description. FAIRNESS PLEASE.”
Twitter allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message. The same thing-period no space-occurred later and it didn’t happen. Don’t tell me they are not committed cardcarrying anti-Trumpers. Time Magazine also may fit that description. FAIRNESS PLEASE
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 5, 2018
As you might expect, folks on Twitter have been mercilessly mocking Giuliani, whom Trump put in charge of “the cyber“, for not understanding how Twitter — or the Internet for that matter — works.
Rudy Giuliani accidentally tweeted a domain. Someone bought that domain and wrote that Trump is a "traitor."
Giuliani is now blaming Twitter for this. The man in charge of the cyber. Just absolutely baffling. https://t.co/OvdoCHK6Iv
— Ben Collins (@oneunderscore__) December 5, 2018
Hey "cyber czar," here's how it worked.
1. YOU accidentally tweeted a URL that didn't exist.
2. Someone bought that URL and sent it to a web page.
3. YOU left the tweet up.
Twitter had nothing to do with it. There was no invasion.
Here's some recommended reading for ya: pic.twitter.com/0dtkt7IL4U
— Mike Flacy (@mikeflacy) December 5, 2018
Rudy Giuliani’s AOL e-mail password is absolutely “abc123” pic.twitter.com/ka3pFk5A7b
— Michael Tannenbaum (@iamTannenbaum) December 5, 2018
Trump appointed Rudy Giuliani as a top cybersecurity advisor.
And he thinks someone “invaded” the text of his tweet.https://t.co/iyZyW9UGQF
— Leah McElrath (@leahmcelrath) December 5, 2018
Is it invading when you opened the door and invited them in?https://t.co/nskvZzWTrS
— Mago Sosa (@magost) December 5, 2018
Some time today, the personal lawyer of the @potus will realize that the missing space in his tweet meant he created a https://t.co/MGg4qSvdTm URL (because .in is a top level domain name; thanks, India!) that links to a page stating “@realDonaldTrump is a traitor to our country.” https://t.co/wvOANOkVHD
— Alex Howard (@digiphile) December 3, 2018
— Ted Marling (@StormWatch1E) December 5, 2018
Twitter also responded to Giuliani’s finger-pointing.