President Trump says Google should be investigated because they’re a ‘treasonous company’
Nothing surprises us anymore.
President Trump took to Twitter yesterday to say that the government should be looking into Google’s deals in China for potential treason. The tweet was spurred by comments during a speech made by billionaire Peter Thiel at the National Conservatism conference on July 14.
Thiel’s comments cited Google’s work to get its search engine back into China, while dropping a Department of Defense contract to give the military access to its AI capabilities as pointing towards Google’s potential treason.
According to Peter Thiel, Google should be investigated for treason
The billionaire investor weaved a tale of just enough intrigue during his speech to make it seem that Google could be acting against the country’s best interests.
That includes questioning if Google’s senior management was infiltrated with Chinese spies, and the “seemingly treasonous” decision to work with the Chinese military but not that of the U.S. He went on to say that the FBI and CIA should be asking these types of questions in a “not excessively gentle manner.”
- Peter Thiel was a huge donor to Trump’s campaign in 2016
- He was also an early investor in DeepMind, the AI company eventually sold to Google’s parent company, Alphabet
- Google denies any ties to the Chinese military
We’ll have to wait and see to find out what, if any, investigations into Google unearths. Maybe Thiel was being deliberately provocative without cause. Maybe Google really is infiltrated at the highest levels. If a federal investigation finds no trace of wrongdoing, maybe we can stop listening to Thiel’s doom-mongering once and for all.
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