President Obama said in a news conference Friday that Sony made a mistake pulling “The Interview” following a series of hacks from a group called Guardians of Peace.
A reporter asked Obama if Sony was right to pull the movie. Obama responded:
“I’m sympathetic to the concerns they faced. Having said all that, I think they made a mistake.”
“I wish [Sony] had spoken to me first. I would have told them do not get into a pattern where you’re intimidated by these kinds of criminal attacks.”
He also said other companies shouldn’t cave to pressure from hackers like Sony did to avoid setting a precedent.
When Sony decided to pull the movie Wednesday night, pundits exploded. The fear is that caving to hackers sends a message that companies and individuals can be controlled simply by the threat of the hack.
Obama agrees with that.