On Tuesday, the United States President Donald Trump has appeared to threaten that his administration would “take a look” at Google, introduces a probe into the search giant out of concern that it has been breached by the Chinese Government.
President Trump’s attack at Google came in a tweet, referred to recent comments from Peter Thiel, a Top Venture Capitalist and the supporter of Trump, who this week called for the CIA and the FBI to investigate the company on grounds it may have committed disloyalty for its operation in China.
However, President Trump didn’t detail on what he intended to do, beyond attached a short thought to a quotation, which he seems to attribute to Fox and Friends, and a spokesperson for the White House didn’t reply to a request for comment.
In a statement, Google’s spokesperson Riva Sciuto was quoted saying “As we have said before, we do not work with the Chinese military.”
President Trump threats of a probe mark only his latest attack at Google, which he has accused in the recent weeks of silencing his conservative supporters online and asking to rig 2020 Presidential Elections in the United States in favor of Democrats. However, Google has denied all those charges, but the US President often has threatened to penalize, regulate, and file lawsuits against the tech giant and its Silicon Valley peers.
Alleged of connections between China and Google further came up during a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Hearing, on whether Google differences against old views in is searches and moderation function. Silicon Valley critic Sen Josh Hawley has used the hearing to press the company’s Vice President for Public Policy, Karan Bhatia, on whether Google had cooperated with censorship requirements of China.
Mr. Bhatia replied that Google had “exited” China in 2010 as “the censorship regime was not compatible with our values”. He also denied that there were any pre-plan to reintroduce the tech giant’s search engine in China.
He further denied that Google had been invaded by Chinese intelligence operatives, claims Thiel had made earlier in the weak and repeated during an interview on Fox News. “We see no evidence of that,” he added.
Thiel claims that Chinese intelligence officials and top military are “likely to have infiltrated Google.”
Thiel also contrasted efforts of Google in the nation with its decision to permit to expire a contract with the Department of Defense on artificial intelligence. He also attacked Google for allegedly seeking to reintroduce its search engine in China, where it is restricted, while at the same time allowed a contract with the Defense Department over artificial intelligence to finish. The decision came in reply to widespread blowback from employees, who attacked the company for assisting the government to build weapons of war.
Thiel Said, “There’s this very peculiar background where Google is working with the Chinese on Communist government and not with the U.S. military.” Later, he has blamed the decision to end the contract, for an event called Project Maven, on a “broad base of Google employees that are ideologically super left-wing, sort of woke, and think that China is better than the U.S., or that the U.S. is worse than China.”
The tech giant’s ambitious had previously drawn widespread concern throughout Donald Trump’s Administration and among Congressional Republicans, party due to the potential that China might steal the technology of Google, including its AI advancement – if it updates its operations in China.
Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Chairman Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford told Senate Lawmakers at a hearing that “the work that Google is doing in China is indirectly benefiting the Chinese military,” adding that “we watch with great concern when industry partners work in China.”
When asked about his statement, Mr. Bhatia reiterated that the tech giant doesn’t have business operations in China. He continued that an event Google reportedly was operating to create a search operation, which will operate in China had been shut down.