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Trump's cybersecurity adviser Rudy Giuliani blames Twitter after embarrassing typo

Trump's cybersecurity adviser Rudy Giuliani blames Twitter after embarrassing typo

A simple goof on Twitter capitalized upon by an enterprising web designer raised questions yesterday over just how much President Donald Trump's lawyer - and cyber security adviser - Rudy Giuliani understands the internet.

"The same thing-period no space-occurred later and it didn't happen", Giuliani added, apparently unaware that.in is a top-level domain made available for global use and maintained by the Indian government, or how hyperlinks work in general. Giuliani said Mueller had done similar in July as Trump left for a meeting with Russian president Vladimir Putin, and that the actions could have been easily taken earlier or later.

The former NY mayor was named a year ago as a cybersecurity adviser to the White House. The Post notes Giuliani was probably referencing part of the November 30 tweet that read "Helsinki.Either", which is not a valid domain.

This was interpreted by Twitter as a hyperlink because it automatically recognises the letters after a full stop as representing an established top-level domain (TLD) name.

Velazquez told the Post that Giuliani's accusatory follow-up tweet "speaks to the impulsive nature of the administration where they're not thoughtful in anything they put out there, especially on Twitter". No one picked by Trump seems to really know what their job is, let alone seems able to do it.




Twitter essentially said that's ludicrous as it can not and does not edit tweets. But Giuliani preserved it in amber by following up Tuesday with the baseless accusation against Twitter, which has often been the subject of bias complaints from Republicans.

"Don't tell me they are not committed cardcarrying [sic] anti-Trumpers", he wrote.

Said website was promptly registered later that day, according to domain registration records, and set to say nothing but the words "Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country". Velazquez described setting up the site as 15 minutes' work.

He announced the move on the platform, writing: "Rudy didn't separate g-20 from.in so ya boy bought the domain". Here's its statement to the New York Times: "The accusation that we're artificially injecting something into a tweet is completely false".

Rudy Giuliani's original tweet with the typo and the link to the anti-Trump website has been shared over 16,000 times since it was published.

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