Speaking at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington, D.C., the Silicon Valley renegade’s speech focused on burning questions which Google must answer, according to a report in Axios.
Peter Thiel wants answers about how deeply Google’s Manhattan AI project has been infiltrated by Chinese intelligence agents. He is looking to learn if this is the reason why Google has engaged in the “seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not the US military.”
The tech investor’s questions add to the mounting pressure Google is already facing over its work in China.
Who is Peter Thiel and What Do His Comments Mean?
Peter Thiel is an entrepreneur and investor who co-founded PayPal. He’s currently a Facebook board member and is one of the most high-profile Trump supporters.
His comments take aim at Google at a time of increasing competition between the United States and China, as evidenced by the ongoing trade war. His calls for federal investigations into Google’s work in China will ramp up pressure on the tech giant as Trump’s war against big tech continues to heat up.
It will be interesting to see where Peter Thiel’s loyalties lie if it comes down to Trump vs. Facebook, which looks more likely after the President’s recent Tweets about its proposed Libra cryptocurrency.
Will the rebel billionaire’s comments lead to a federal investigation into Google for its actions in China? Perhaps, if someone with more political power decides to run with it.