Rudy Giuliani Blames Twitter For His Internet Ignorance
Two days ago we did a story on a tweet that the President’s attorney Rudy Giuliani had made, which allowed someone to play quite an interesting prank on both Giuliani and Mr. Trump.
Basically what happened was that Giuliani’s tweet had a typo in it, where he forgot to add an important space between two sentences. This caused the word “G-20”, a period (.), and the word “in” located in the following sentence to all run together, like this, “G-20.in”.
For those familiar with domain names, “.in” is a TLD (Top Level Domain) extension for the nation of India. Therefore Giuliani inadvertently created a url, which Twitter turned into a link. Some prankster then decided to register the domain name and throw up a message calling Trump a “traitor”. This made it appear as if the president’s attorney had linked to a website calling his client a traitor.
After the story broke, instead of deleting the tweet to take responsibility for his error, Giuliani instead decided to use the incident as fuel for those on the right to continue the narrative that Twitter is anti-Trump and anti-conservative.
“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,” Giuliani tweeted last night.
This tweet just goes further to prove that Mr. Giuliani is illiterate when it comes to social media and the internet in general. As you see above, he has claimed that he had made similar typos before, forgetting the space between two sentences, and his error never turned into a URL.
While he may be right, his argument shows a clear misunderstanding of the internet. Unless the text after the period, in this case “in” is a known internet TLD, Twitter’s script will not change it to a URL. If someone typed ‘Trump.The’, Twitter’s script would ignore the error, but if someone instead typed ‘Trump.Org’, Twitter would of course turn the error into a URL as well.
It’s one thing to question Twitter’s practice of banning users for breaking their terms of service, like many on the right have done, but it’s an entirely different matter to claim that Twitter is anti-Trump because your own carelessness caused you to literally type in a URL, which Twitter rightfully turned into a link.