During the last few months Rupert Murdoch who owns the News Corporation has been hitting the headlines quite a lot. Now he has hit out at Google over piracy via his Twitter account.
Murdoch took to Twitter to accuse Google of being the “leader” of internet piracy, and highlighted free links the search engine giant provided for the Mission Impossible movie. The boss of the News Corporation empire accused Google of “plain thievery“, and according to The Telegraph Google responded branding his comments as “nonsense“.
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The media tycoon also accused the Obama administration in Washington of giving in to the will of the “Silicon Valley paymasters” because of plans to scale down online piracy legislation. This is not the first time Murdoch has taken to Twitter to view his opinions since opening an account earlier this month.
He ridiculed British people for the amount of holidays they take, and it seemed his wife took to the site to tell him off about his comments, but it turned out to be a fake account set up in her name. Murdoch’s latest tirade comes as an intense debate in the US regarding online piracy legislation.
The White House has hinted it may not proceed with proposals that would give the state power to interfere with the internet. This is what led Murdoch to make his comments by accusing Google of being a “piracy leader“, and streaming movies for free while selling adverts.
He went on to post further tweets complaining how online piracy was damaging the movie industry, and claimed to have searched for Mission Impossible and found a variety of sites offering links to the movie for free. He did add that Google were a “great company” and that it does block “many other undesirable things”.
Google has responded and rubbished Murdoch’s claims and added the company removed five million websites from their search results that infringed rules, and invested over $60 million to fight against bad advertisements. They believe they are some good ways to close down foreign criminal websites without having to censor the internet.
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