Giuliani attack on Twitter prompts backlash

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew EPA rule would expand Trump officials' powers to reject FOIA requests Democratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Democrats: Ex-Commerce aide said Ross asked him to examine adding census citizenship question MORE’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani claimed Tuesday that Twitter allowed someone to hack his tweet to plant a hyperlink to a site critical of Trump.

In a tweet sent on Nov. 30, Giuliani took shots at special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerKamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump Schiff says Intel panel will hold 'series' of hearings on Mueller report MORE, calling for “supervision” of his investigation because he filed indictments at inconvenient times for Trump.

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The link Giuliani included in his tweet redirected straight to a page displaying only the words “Donald J. Trump is a traitor to our country.”

Four days later, Giuliani acknowledged the link and blamed Twitter.

“Twitter allowed someone to invade my text with a disgusting anti-President message,” he tweeted Tuesday evening. 

Social media users pointed out that what likely happened was that someone bought a domain name matching the inadvertent link for the purpose of posting an anti-Trump message to troll Giuliani. 

Twitter users were left scratching their heads at Giuliani's statement. 

A spokesperson for Twitter told The Hill that any suggestion that the platform artificially injects anything into someone's tweet is false and that the service worked as designed.
 
The missing space after a period in Giuliani's tweet created a clickable link because .in is the top domain for India, the spokesperson added.

Updated on Dec. 5 at 10:13 a.m.