Murdoch Twitter-Attacks Obama, Google

Says president, company support 'plain thievery'
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2012 2:50 AM CST
Rupert Murdoch used his Twitter feed to slam the Obama administration and Google over the weekend.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, file)
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(Newser) – Rupert Murdoch came out swinging at the Obama administration and Google over the weekend, using his Twitter account to blast them for their opposition to SOPA, the pending, heavy-handed anti-piracy legislation, reports Reuters. "So Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy, plain thievery," wrote Murdoch, who also called Google a "piracy leader" because the company's search engine leads to illegal downloading sites.

"This is just nonsense," said a Google spokesperson. "Like many other tech companies, we believe that there are smart, targeted ways to shut down foreign rogue websites without asking US companies to censor the Internet."

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