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

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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.

Google attack on NSA extreme nerve. Google has more data on all of us and uses it. No evidence of NSA doing this. Ethical company?

Rupert Murdoch @rupertmurdoch

Google attack on NSA extreme nerve. Google has more data on all of us and uses it. No evidence of NSA doing this. Ethical company?

10:14 PM - 26 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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 I know a company that unethically spied on people. Can you guess what it is?

pourmecoffee@pourmecoffee

@rupertmurdoch I know a company that unethically spied on people. Can you guess what it is?

10:15 PM - 26 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Melissa Marks-Shih@mmarksshih

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

10:31 PM - 26 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Brian Pettee@briansworldnow

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

10:30 PM - 26 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

red wombat@redwombat101

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

10:30 PM - 26 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

10:30 PM - 26 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Reuben@reubenacciano

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

10:18 PM - 26 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Christopher Murphy@ChrisMurphy_au

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

10:29 PM - 26 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

10:39 PM - 26 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

10:33 PM - 26 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

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

10:36 PM - 26 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Owl@radhika_0_ATO_1

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

10:58 PM - 26 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

Niki Grigsby Princip@HippiChickiNiki

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

10:17 PM - 26 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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

My name is.@TheMainstand

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

10:16 PM - 26 Apr 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

who knew @rupertmurdoch was a comedian

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