Billionaire co-founder of PayPal Peter Thiel Sunday called for several federal agencies, including law enforcement and intelligence services, to investigate Google for allegedly working with the Chinese government.
“Thiel spoke at the National Conservatism Conference, a new event that bills itself as being focused on Trump-era nationalism, with part of his speech focusing on ‘three questions that should be asked’ of Google:” according to Axios.
Those three questions were:
“Number one, how many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI?
“Number two, does Google’s senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?
“Number three, is it because they consider themselves to be so thoroughly infiltrated that they have engaged in the seemingly treasonous decision to work with the Chinese military and not with the US military… because they are making the sort of bad, short-term rationalistic [decision] that if the technology doesn’t go out the front door, it gets stolen out the backdoor anyway?”
He said that those questions should be asked by the FBI and the CIA, and noted that he wanted them “to be asked in a not excessively gentle manner.”
Thiel is perhaps the most ardent and influential supporter of President Donald Trump in the Big Tech world. Of late, Trump has been focusing on tech censorship of conservatives, last week holding a “Social Media Summit” at the White House with online conservative influencers.
Thiel did not mention Facebook of Twitter in his speech, though Axios noted that both Tucker Carlson and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) are due to speak at the conference, both of whom have been rough on the tech giants.
Laura Loomer is banned from both Facebook (including its subsidiary Instagram) and Twitter. She was banned from Twitter in November when her account with more than 260,000 followers was shut down for criticizing Islamic Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) for being “anti-Jewish.” She subsequently filed a lawsuit against Twitter and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) over the ban.
She was banned from Facebook and Instagram along with Milo Yiannopoulos, Alex Jones, and Paul Joseph Watson in May, who labeled them “dangerous individuals,” and implemented a policy that allowed violent threats to be targeted at them.
Loomer announced a $3 billion lawsuit against Facebook last week.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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