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Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin Claims Web Freedom Comments Were ‘Distorted’

Only a few days ago we reported that Sergey Brin had declared his growing unease over Internet freedom - but it seems that the Google co-founder's words were taken out of context, and has attempted to defend his position on ‘those' Apple and Facebook comments.

Taking to his Google+ page to clear up the issue, Brin tried his best to play down the backlash: "I think the article is a pretty good read but is a short summary of a long discussion. My thoughts got particularly distorted in the secondary coverage in a way that distracts from my central tenets so I think they are worth clarifying here," he said.

In an interview with The Guardian, Brin touched on a number of topics - ranging from crackdowns within the entertainment industry to government censorship, however, it was his disparaging thoughts on Apple and Facebook that really got cyber tongues wagging.

Claiming the piece to be "a short summary of a long discussion," he also went on to say that he believed that his "thoughts got particularly distorted in the secondary coverage" of the piece.

"So to clarify, I certainly do not think this issue is on a par with government based censorship," Brin wrote of the Facebook and Apple mentions. "Moreover, I have much admiration for two of the companies we discussed -- Apple and Facebook. I have always admired Apple's products. In fact, I am writing this post on an iMac and using an Apple keyboard I have cherished for the past seven years.

"Likewise, Facebook has helped to connect hundreds of millions of people, has been a key tool for political expression and has been instrumental to the Arab Spring," Brin continued. "Both have made key contributions to the free flow of information around the world."

And it seems Brin himself has made a key contribution to the global flow of information - just with a less positive outcome.

Source: CNET (opens in new tab)

Mariel Norton is a self-confessed girly geek with a penchant for technology, and previously wrote for ITProPortal, with experience on TheNextWeb, UKFast, WorldRemit, Virgin Media, Google, and more.