Google calls angry Murdoch tweets “nonsense”

News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch is proving that he won’t be reined in when it comes to Twitter. Over the weekend he has been using his shiny new 140 character account to rail against the injustices of the world calling Google a “piracy leader” and opining that Barack Obama had thrown in “his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters”. He is starting to sound like one very hacked off media chairman whose vast PR machine can not keep him quiet.

Google has responded to the elder Murdoch’s tweets and called them nonsense. Oh dear. Maybe not the response the billionaire media mogul was looking for.

Murdoch’s tirade against Twitter began after the White House raised concerns about antipiracy legislation, which is currently being debated in Congress, and a perceived lack of support from the administration for Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), which is backed by a host of media companies including News Corp.

The legislation it is argued is there to protect media owners from sites that trade in pirated content, but aren’t bound by American copyright law.

However, the problem for others (including some in the tech sector) is that they see SOPA as curbing free speech, civil liberties and innovation without really stopping piracy. Here are the tweets:

UPDATE: A few hours later Murdoch tweeted this:

I’m not sure that I completely understand what Murdoch is saying other than the internet is full of pirates who are robbing News Corp of valuable revenue and that Eric Schimdt is like some Long John Silver or some pirate in chief (shiver me neuron conductors).

Somone should tell him that it isn’t in Google’s interest or anyone else’s to see the internet go down a drain of piracy.

It also isn’t in anyone’s interest to start locking people up or at least locking up the wrong people like TVShack’s Richard O’Dwyer who now faces 10 years in jail for operating a website that US authorities say hosts links to copyrighted material after as judge ruled that the 23-year-old student can be extradited to the US.  That’s even before SOPA comes into play.

Maybe someone should take Murdoch to Google and they can explain how the whole interwebulator thing works. Or maybe someone from within his own empire could do this too? Maybe those guys who worked on MySpace who sold ads around content?. Oh wait they had no idea.

In response Google last night defended itself in an email sent to CNET:

“This is just nonsense,” wrote a Google spokeswoman. “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.”

I can’t wait to see what Murdoch will tweet next. You have to love how he is freewheeling through this whole social media thing. He should have taken up Twitter years ago.