Twitter is the new launching pad for celebrities to air their views online, and the latest comes from Rupert Murdoch who has used his Twitter account to attack Google. He has accused the search engine giant of highlighting free links to the Mission Impossible film, causing piracy concerns.
Google have replied, saying his comments are ‘nonsense’. The Telegraph newspaper add “They also set the tycoon on a collision course with the Obama administration in Washington, which he accused of bending to the will of “Silicon Valley paymasters” over plans to water down online piracy legislation.”
Murdoch has been active on his Twitter account since he joined, firstly attacking British people for the number of holidays they take. After the whole debacle with the News Of The World, you would figure he would be wanting a quiet life in his declining years.
At the weekend, the White House said they would not proceed with their proposals of placing power in the state hands, interfering with the structure of the web. Murdoch said “So Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy, plain thievery.”
An hour later he added to his original post, saying “Piracy leader is Google who streams movies free, sells advts around them. No wonder pouring millions into lobbying.”
He then went on a tirade of posting saying that online piracy is causing huge damage to the film making industry. He decided to search for Mission Impossible online via Google and he found several sites offering the movie for free. He said rather dramatically “I rest my case”.
Twitter has been used frequently in the last year by celebrity writers, including footballers such as Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Joey Barton. The outspoken tweets can often cause issues with their clubs, managers and team mates. We see no sign of it stopping.