Google Retorts to Murdoch’s Tweeting Tirade

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) released a statement to CNET yesterday fighting back against a nasty tweet on Saturday by Rupert Murdoch who called the mega search engine the “piracy leader.” Murdoch also attacked President Obama who is against a pair of anti-piracy bills that are currently pending in Congress. Murdoch expressed his anger openly about the ability to download movies and other copyrighted materials for free on the Internet and specifically through Google.

Murdoch’s tweet read, “Piracy leader is Google who streams movies free, sells advts around them. No wonder pouring millions into lobbying.” He sent out another one later in the evening that said, “Just been to google search for mission impossible. Wow, several sites offering free links. I rest my case.”

In response, Google’s company spokesman told CNET, “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.”  The statement went on to say, “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.”

The White House released a statement of its own responding to Murdoch’s rant which said, “Let us be clear, online piracy is a real problem that harms the American economy, threatens jobs for significant numbers of middle class workers and hurts some of our nation’s most creative and innovative companies and entrepreneurs.” The administration went on to side with the tech industry by saying that they “will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”

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