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Rupert Murdoch, Who Controls A Sizable Media Conglomerate, Tweets About Amazon Being A Monopoly

A media mogul may be Twitter's best troll.

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Amazon fighting book publishers for higher margins. Result might be cheaper books, but end of all remaining book shops. Monopoly for Amazon

Rupert Murdoch @rupertmurdoch

Amazon fighting book publishers for higher margins. Result might be cheaper books, but end of all remaining book shops. Monopoly for Amazon

2:57 PM - 22 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Rupert Murdoch on Friday weighed in, via his Twitter feed of course, on the increasingly contentious battle between book publishers and their main retailing frenemey: Amazon. Murdoch, who uses his Twitter feed for 140-character digital op-eds on everything from education reform to politics to vacation updates, has increasingly gone after the tech giants that have replaced media conglomerates such as his in his tweets. Google has been a favorite target, for instance, with the mogul comparing the search giant's satellite mapping activities and collection of user data to the NSA.

"Amazon fighting book publishers for higher margins. Result might be cheaper books, but end of all remaining book shops. Monopoly for Amazon," read Murdoch's tweet. He followed up with a second one saying, "Publishers and authors all fighting Amazon."

The tweets relate to Amazon's ongoing battle with book publishers over pricing, most notably the Hachette Book Group. Amazon is fighting for a standard $9.99 price on e-books, arguing that a low baseline price will increase sales volume. Publishers, of course, say the company, the world's largest book retailer, cares only about increasing profits and market share.

Murdoch has proven to be among Twitter's best trolls, and the irony of his Amazon monopoly tweet wasn't lost on his haters. This is, of course, the same man who controls a vast global media empire that includes the Fox broadcast network, cable networks such as FX and Fox News, a movie studio, newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and New York Post, a 39% stake in BSkyB, and satellite television operations stretching across parts of Europe and Asia.

And, oh yeah, Murdoch also owns the book publisher HarperCollins.

Further, he just recently tried to buy Time Warner for $80 billion.

RT @lawdood: Says the guy who wanted to buy Time-Warner MT @rupertmurdoch: Amazon fighting book publishers for higher margins....Monopoly f…

Kel@Kel_inthecube

RT @lawdood: Says the guy who wanted to buy Time-Warner MT @rupertmurdoch: Amazon fighting book publishers for higher margins....Monopoly f…

3:17 PM - 22 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Free market don't rock your world no more? MT @rupertmurdoch Amazon fighting book publishers for higher margins.

The Daily Rupert @TheMurdochTimes

Free market don't rock your world no more? MT @rupertmurdoch Amazon fighting book publishers for higher margins.

3:14 PM - 22 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

You love a good monopoly @rupertmurdoch: Amazon fighting book publishers. Result cheaper books, but end of book shops. Monopoly for Amazon

Eamon Foley@EamonFI

You love a good monopoly @rupertmurdoch: Amazon fighting book publishers. Result cheaper books, but end of book shops. Monopoly for Amazon

3:13 PM - 22 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@rupertmurdoch Market will dictate so let the best man win. Ebay dictates & gets away with it. Why not Amazon. PS Prefer books & car boots

Steve Morrissey@SteveJMorrissey

@rupertmurdoch Market will dictate so let the best man win. Ebay dictates & gets away with it. Why not Amazon. PS Prefer books & car boots

3:05 PM - 22 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@rupertmurdoch u would know all about monopolies rupert

Tracey@TipsyTracey

@rupertmurdoch u would know all about monopolies rupert

3:38 PM - 22 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

When @rupertmurdoch frames it as Amazon vs. Rupert, how are you supposed to choose? https://t.co/sILXEhR80c

Jack Shafer@jackshafer

When @rupertmurdoch frames it as Amazon vs. Rupert, how are you supposed to choose? https://t.co/sILXEhR80c

3:06 PM - 22 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Is @rupertmurdoch really complaining about Amazon's unfair monopoly over competition? Without a whiff of irony?

Ben Kirby@ben_kirby

Is @rupertmurdoch really complaining about Amazon's unfair monopoly over competition? Without a whiff of irony?

3:01 PM - 22 Aug 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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