Rupert Murdoch’s latest tweets accuse President Obama of supporting Google — the “piracy leader” — and his “Silicon Valley paymasters”. The accusations follow a White House blog that expressed doubts about the Stop Online Piracy Act and similar bills.
His tweerade was posted right after three advisers to President Obama expressed doubts about the effects of SOPA on the internet. Obama’s advisers Victoria Espinel, Aneesh Chopra and cyber-security tzar Howard Schmidt believe that the bill could harm legal business and hurt free speech.
Google, Yahoo!, Facebook, Twitter and eBay — the object of Murdoch’s ire — have opposed the bill for the same reasons, claiming it could lead to legal abuse and urging Washington lawmakers to rethink the bills.