Rupert Murdoch Launches Twitter Attack on Obama over Online Piracy Act

Rupert Murdoch has slammed the White House for coming under lobbying pressure and thereby not offering the necessary support to the Stop Online Piracy Act, more commonly referred to as the SOPA.

Among a recent set of tweets Murdoch stated, "So Obama has thrown in his lot with Silicon Valley paymasters who threaten all software creators with piracy, plain thievery".

Furthermore, he tweeted that Google is the piracy leader that allows streaming of movies for free and also sells ads around those free movies and can therefore pour multi-million dollars into lobbying.

These strong responses came after the White House spoke against the proposed legislation that is focused towards reduction of online piracy. At present, in the US Congress, Stop Online Piracy Act as well as Protect Intellectual Property Act is under consideration.

These acts will make various internet companies responsible for hosting as well as linking to different websites that offer illegal downloading of copyrighted TV shows, movies and also music.

Even though the acts have gained some support, internet giants like Google and Facebook are of the opinion that these laws will ultimately censor the internet as well as choke innovation.

On Saturday, White House gave a statement supporting the tech companies. It stated that, "we will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global internet," The Register reports.