Rupert Murdoch Calls Google Argument Nonsense

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Rupert Murdoch and Google have been engaged in a public argument of sorts. Earlier this week, Murdoch tweeted:

Piracy leader is Google who streams movies free, sells advts around them. No wonder pouring millions into lobbying.

Then, CNET shared a statement from a Google spokesperson in response to the tweet:

“This is just nonsense. Last year we took down 5 million infringing Web pages from our search results and invested more than $60 million in the fight against bad ads…We fight pirates and counterfeiters every day.”

“We believe, like many other tech companies that the best way to stop [pirates] is through targeted legislation that would require ad networks and payment processors–like ours–to cut off sites dedicated to piracy or counterfeiting.”

Today, Murdoch tweeted:

Nonsense argument about danger to Internet. How about Google, others blocking porn, hate speech, etc? Internet hurt? 22 minutes ago via Twitter for iPad · powered by @socialditto

It will be interesting to see how long this continues. It's not as if Murdoch and Google bickering is anything new. It's just that now Murdoch is using Twitter regularly, and not holding much back.

Chris Crum
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