Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA
Mr Burns vs. The Chocolate Factory, round three!
Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch has taken to Twitter and labelled Google worse than the NSA.
Here's The Dirty Digger's missive:
NSA privacy invasion bad, but nothing compared to Google.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) August 17, 2014
Murdoch and Google have history, with the former accusing the latter of stealing his newspapers' content (yet never putting in place a robots.txt file that would prevent search engines crawling it). Uncle Rupert has also criticised Google as enabling the theft of films by indexing torrent sites.
That Murdoch is hardly a paragon of privacy is being pointed out long and loud in replies to the Tweet, which aren't shy of asking just how The News of the World's infamous phone-hacking practices give the News Limited supremo a platform from which to criticise anyone else's position on privacy.
As is usually the case, Murdoch's not a part of that debate. His preferred Twitter style is to fire off something nasty, then disappear for a few days. So we've no idea just what his complaint is with Google, why he thinks an opt-in site is worse than a perhaps-not-entirely-constitutional surveillance program that collects data on individuals it has no reason to suspect deserve any scrutiny whatsoever. ®