Giuliani Goes Full Conspiracy Theory Because He Doesn't Understand The Internet

Saul Bowman
December 6, 2018

"Out of control!Supervision please?"

Basically what happened was that Giuliani's tweet had a typo in it, where he forgot to add an important space between two sentences.

He had a limited amount of time to act (needing to go onstage for an improv show) but it took all of 15 minutes, he told the New York Times. The Atlanta-based digital marketing director said he "knew immediately that it was just a typo", but that didn't stop him from clicking on the link.

It was the type of throwaway gag that entertains Twitter users for a few hours before forever fading from memory. He characterized it as evidence that Twitter employees were "cardcarrying anti-Trumpers".

This is a reminder that Giuliani isn't just Donald Trump's lawyer, he was brought on as his cybersecurity adviser.

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".

A Twitter spokesman balked at the claim, telling The New York Times "the accusation we're artificially injecting something into a tweet is completely false", adding that Twitter is actually created to prevent tweets from being edited. On Friday, he tweeted "Kimim ° has f", prompting the Twitterverse to speculate on what he meant to type.

Giuliani's orginal tweet had included a second punctuation error, he reasoned, but that hadn't resulted in a link.

The rest of the internet has been having lots of fun with this, mocking Giuliani, and I'm amazed that the tweet has stayed up for as long as it has.

It's not uncommon for political figures to display a lack of understanding regarding the machinery of the internet. But when conservatives think they're not getting enough attention, they-the group that loves to claim liberals are the ones "triggered" by actual injustices-have an incredible talent for manufacturing elaborate conspiracy theories. Ted Cruz of Texas, for example, doesn't own the domain, which led to the site displaying a pro-Hillary Clinton message shortly after he dropped out of the presidential race in 2016. Both tweets are (at least at the time of this posting) still up.

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