Facebook company board member and Trump supporter Peter Thiel made fierce comments Sunday about Google at the National Conservatism Conference in Washington D.C., setting off a wave of scepticism and drawing attention from the president.
Among other issues, Thiel said that the FBI and CIA should investigate Google and check whether any overseas spies, peculiarly Chinese spies, have invaded its research into the form of artificial intelligence.
It was a blazing political speech by a firebrand with interest in deflecting regulator’s observation from Facebook. Facebook is under consideration for its privacy lapses and initiative to build a new cryptocurrency and to draw it toward Google, which competes with Facebook for billions of dollars in advertising revenue or income.
Google has said that it does not work with the Chinese military.
But the rhetoric about foreign spies infiltrating American companies will not be new or surprising to people in the intelligence community and is based in reality.
Facebook’s organization’s former chief security officer Alex Stamos honed in those realities Tuesday, posting on social media that it’s “completely reasonable” to imagine Chinese intelligence has worked to recruit technology employees at massive corporations.
It’s essential to separate this genuine menace from Thiel’s allegations about Google, which offered without specifics or proof, and from his claims that Google has participated in “treasonous” exercise.
Regardless of the mud-up, it’s unlikely that something has modified with Thiel’s or Trump’s feedback. Tech corporations might be below intense scrutiny for dealings in China, anti-aggressive practices, dabbling within the monetary markets with new currencies and privatizes violations by any administration in energy, in addition to globally, whether or not Trump throws these allegations into the combination or not.
Tech shares had been combined on Tuesday, with Google up very barely.