Rupert Murdoch calls Google a piracy leader for returning results that might infringe copyright
Rupert Murdoch, recently arrived on Twitter, has tweeted a broadside against Google, which the search giant has dismissed as “nonsense”.
The News Corporation boss tweeted that Google is a “piracy leader ” which “streams movies free” and “sells ads around them”, during the weekend. Google’s response is a statement dismissing Murdoch’s claims as “nonsense”.
Does Murdoch understand the Web?
Murdoch has been a vocal supporter of SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act), a proposal which critics say would amount to Internet censorship on behalf of copyright holders. SOPA has faced increasing criticism, and at the weekend was criticised by the White House.
A Google spokesman said: “This is just nonsense. Last year we took down five million infringing web pages from our search results and invested more than $60 million (£39m) in the fight against bad ads.”
“Murdoch doesn’t understand links,” tweeted commentator Glyn Moody, adding that Murdoch is against the “fundamental structure of the web”.