Rupert Murdoch, the most outspoken of media moguls, is not one to couch words or shy away from expressing an unpopular opinion. The chairman of both News Corp. and 21st Century Fox is sort of a natural at Twitter, using its 140-character limit as digital media op-eds that almost always go viral.
Like his latest tweet, posted Saturday night, in which he questioned whether or not Google was an ethical company in light of recent reports that it knew about but failed to alert the government to the so-called Heartbleed security bug.
Only problem is, while Rupert may have put behind him the phone-hacking scandal that nearly brought down News Corp in 2011 and 2012, most everyone else hasn’t. Back then, to refresh your memory, journalists at News Corp’s News of the World tabloid in London were found to have hacked into the phones of celebrities, politicians, and even a missing 13-year-old girl. The scandal forced Murdoch to close the paper, abandon a bid to acquire full control of BSkyB, pay tens of millions of dollars in fines, and make an embarrassing appearance before Parliament.
On Saturday night, Twitter was more than happy to remind Murdoch that his questioning another company’s ethics was rich with irony.
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