For Rudolph W. Giuliani, former mayor of New York, one of President Trump's lawyers, this was an example of how little Twitter forces himself to carry out his anti-Trump agenda.
It was decided, no, it was just a typo, followed by an opportunistic prank by an improvisational actor in Atlanta.
In a tweet on Tuesday, Giuliani said the social network had allowed someone to penetrate with a text into a text disgusting anti-president's message. "He was referring to a November 30 tweet in which, after a certain amount of time, Mr Giuliani had accidentally created a hyperlink and started the next sentence with the word" In ".
When 37-year-old Jason Velazquez, who owns a web design company in Atlanta, saw the tweet, he immediately bought the domain for about $ 5. Then he made a page with a simple message that anyone who clicked on Mr Giuliani's random link would see, "Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country." The whole process lasted about 15 minutes, Velazquez said Tuesday ,
It was the kind of throw-away gag that entertains Twitter users for hours before they disappear forever from memory. However, Mr. Giuliani preserved it in Bernstein on Tuesday, when he pursued the unfounded allegation against Twitter, which was frequently the subject of Republican bias complaints. He described it as proof that Twitter employees were "card-bearing anti-trumpers".
A Twitter spokesman said, "The allegation that we artificially inject something into a tweet is completely wrong." The company can not edit user tweets, he said.
Regarding Giuliani's argument that the second "period without space" instance in its original tweet did not create a similar link because of Helsinki. So far everything is working domain.
Many Twitter users could not resist that Giuliani, who had worked as a security consultant for 16 years, was originally brought into the Trump administration as a cybersecurity adviser. (He certainly has more digital know-how than Japan's cybersecurity chief, who has recently admitted he does not use computers.)
It's not uncommon for political figures to misunderstand the machinery of the Internet. Ted Stevens, a former Alaskan senator, was mocked in 2006 when he described the Internet as "a series of tubes."
It's not the first time that politicians have domain name issues. For example, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas does not own the domain www.TedCruz.com, which resulted in the site launching a Hillary Clinton embassy with an ad shortly after leaving the 2016 presidential race.
Mr. Velazquez said he had little time last week to do his mischief. He saw Mr. Giuliani's tweet at 18:20. and had to play in an improvisation show at 19:00 clock.
He was on another improvisational show on Tuesday when he saw the succession of Mr. Giuliani. He said he was confused.
"He could have erased it and everyone would have forgotten that my tweet would have stopped becoming viral," he said. "Instead, he tweeted about it and developed a conspiracy theory against Twitter."