“The accusation that we’re artificially injecting something into a tweet is completely false,” the company told the New York Times.
Tweets cannot be edited by anyone once they are posted.
Giuliani allowed this to happen, though. The former New York City mayor unintentionally typed a link into a tweet last Friday.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) December 3, 2018
Whoever is behind the https://t.co/cUVDgTbHOQ, is a goddamn genius!
— Vicente Fox Quesada (@VicenteFoxQue) December 4, 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
Is it invading when you opened the door and invited them in?https://t.co/nskvZzWTrS
— Mago Sosa (@magost) December 5, 2018
Jason Velasquez, an Atlanta digital marketing director, decided to buy the domain G-20.In into which he wrote: “Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country.”
Rudy didn’t separate g-20 from .in so ya boy bought the domain. 😎 https://t.co/mlEw39ue20
— Jason Velazquez (@jasondotgov) November 30, 2018
All it took was $6, 15 minutes, and a little wit.
“I kind of chuckled a little bit that he created this accidental link,” Velasquez told The Washington Post. Velasquez “knew immediately that it was just a typo” but since Twitter creates a working link from any legitimate domain, Velasquez seized the opportunity to air a grievance.
“I wanted something . . . bold,” he said. “Certainly, something that [Giuliani] would not want to be linked from his tweet.”
Instead of deleting and correcting the tweet, however, Giuliani left it up. It has since gone viral. By Wednesday morning, Giuliani’s tweet had been shared more than 17,000 times.
Giuliani’s Twitter gaffe “speaks to the impulsive nature of the administration where they’re not thoughtful in anything they put out there, especially on Twitter,” Velasquez said. He added that even if Giuliani were to delete the tweet, he still wins.
“That would mean that I forced him to delete it,” he said. “It’s a hilarious Catch-22. Either I affect what his message is, or I affect what his message is.”
Velasquez told the New York Times he was shocked that the tweet had been left standing.
“He could have deleted it and everyone would have forgotten about it, my tweet would have stopped going viral,” he said. “Instead he tweeted about it and created a conspiracy theory against Twitter.”
The New York Times noted that Giuliani’s “period no space” complaint is irrelevant because “Helsinki.Either,” Giuliani’s other space-skip, is not a working domain.
On Tuesday night, Velasquez announced an update.
— Jason Velazquez (@jasondotgov) December 5, 2018
The addition contains a hyperlink to a Reddit thread about ex-National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, whose sentencing memo was released Tuesday night.
The public learned that Special Counsel Robert Mueller recommended no jail time for the now disgraced former lieutenant general’s role in the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia.