President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is blaming Twitter of allowing someone to invade his account and post a "disgusting anti-president message" after a typo in his Tweet went viral.
It all started with this message from the former New York City mayor, criticizing Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election meddling:
"Mueller filed an indictment just as the President left for G-20.In 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?"
It turned out that the missing space between the period after "G-20" and "In" was vital - Twitter read the typo as a hyperlink, and an Atlanta-based digital marketing director jumped at the opportunity play a prank.
Jason Velazquez, 37, bought the domain name matching that typo exactly and created a website from the accidental hyperlink. The simple website - white text on a slate gray background - included an anti-Trump message.
11Alive's Joe Henke tracked down Velazquez to talk about the prank, which only cost him $6 and 15 minutes.
"Friday, 6 p.m.ish, I was scrolling through Twitter," he explained. "I follow Rudy Giuliani and I follow Trump, I saw the tweet and noticed he created an accidental hyperlink."
In the world of web addresses, the ".In" is to the nation of India what ".com" is to the United States. Therefore, anything connected to the front of ".In" automatically becomes a web address.
"I clicked on it and no one purchased it," Velazquez said. So, he did.
Online records show 10 hours after Giuliani's tweet on Friday, the Pixel Riot Company he owns purchased the G-20.In domain. Giuliani's tweet now links back to the bare-bones website Velazquez built - with a link to a real news headline about ex-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's cooperation in the Russia investigation.
"While this is super fun for me, I don't want to distract from what is really important news," he recalled thinking, "so I added that link to it."
Days later, on Tuesday, Giuliani incorrectly blamed Twitter, tweeting that the social media company allowed someone to "invade my text."
A Twitter spokesman has since responded, calling Giuliani's accusations false. Meanwhile, other Twitter users tried to explain to Giuliani how hyperlinks work.
"He clearly didn't understand what was going on, but he felt the need to tweet about it and create this really weird conspiracy that Twitter was involved somehow," Velazquez said.
11Alive asked whether he has any plans to take down the message. He said it won't be going anywhere.
Neither, apparently, will Giuliani's tweet with the accidental hyperlink - it's been up for days and has now garnered more than 47,000 likes and 17,000 retweets, and Giuliani shows no signs of deleting it.