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Rupert Murdoch Tweet Questions Google’s Ethics, Twitter Dies From Irony

Remember phone hacking?

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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.

@rupertmurdoch Because @newscorp is the definition of ethical? #hypocrite

— Melissa Marks-Shih (@mmarksshih)

@rupertmurdoch ...lol

— Chris G. (@ChrisGregoryT)

@rupertmurdoch If this is the real Rupert Murdoch, you must be joking.

— Brian Pettee (@briansworldnow)

FMD @rupertmurdoch having a crack at another company about being "ethical" #CouldntMakeThisShitUp

— red wombat (@redwombat101)

@rupertmurdoch Who are you to complain of lack of ethics? You bring govts down if not doing what YOU want for self-serving needs. #auspol

— My Word (@VerbalStrength)

.@rupertmurdoch LOL. Hacks a dead kid's phone, lectures on ethics.

— Reuben (@reubenacciano)

@BernardKeane @rupertmurdoch News Ltd claiming to be an ethical company? pot meets kettle

— Christopher Murphy (@ChrisMurphy_au)

If you want a laugh, check out Rupert Murdoch on twitter. He's calling out Google as being an unethical company.... http://t.co/4u6RebfoYC

— Jamie Evans (@jamieeevo)

Rupert Murdoch questioning Google's use of personal info it collects on its its user. Of course, NewsCorp would never do that! #Srsly

— The Daily Rupert (@TheMurdochTimes)

RT @TheMurdochTimes: Rupert Murdoch questioning Google's use of personal info it collects on its its user. Of course, NewsCorp would never …

— The Duke Of Earl (@Deadly_Thoughts)

@rupertmurdoch Ah Rupert dear, please use your napkin...you're dribbling again

— Owl (@radhika_0_ATO_1)

Sometimes @rupertmurdoch on Twitter is like the half-senile grandpa that just blurts random stuff out.

— Niki Grigsby Princip (@HippiChickiNiki)

jeezo thankfully i didn't own a newspaper that ravaged privacy and an that innit ha ha ha , phew. @rupertmurdoch

— My name is. (@TheMainstand)

who knew @rupertmurdoch was a comedian

— pblakez (@pblakez)

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