Rudy Giuliani, who presumably has a lot on his plate representing President Donald Trump amid the Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s probe, is also having a tough time on Twitter as a typographical error in a tweet has linked to an anti-Trump prank.
Giuliani wrote Tuesday, December 4th, that the social network had “allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message.”
Here’s the tweet:
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
No, Giuliani. No one did.
A Twitter spokesman says the company can’t edit users’ tweets and “the accusation that we’re artificially injecting something into a tweet is completely false.” The problem is Giuliani had inadvertently created a hyperlink when he failed to put a space after a period in the Nov. 30 tweet.
Web firm designer Jason Velazquez tells The New York Times he saw the link, paid $5 to buy the domain and created a page in about 15 minutes. Those who clicked on the link saw: “Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country.”
The saddest thought about this controversy is that Giuliani was advising President Trump on cyber security.
Politics in this country have gone wrong, and besides other factors, perhaps the digital technology also is to blame, specifically because in the age of Trump and a majority-old body of politicians, we shout at each other on social media across a gulf of misunderstanding.
The use of social media in politics including Twitter, Facebook and YouTube has dramatically changed the way campaigns are run and how Americans interact with their elected officials.
That also means that people in public office—or advisors for that matter—should be well read in matters they legislate or advise.
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