Libertarian tech mogul Peter Thiel addressed the National Conservatism Conference on Sunday night where he questioned Google’s motives in assisting the Chinese military while refusing to help the U.S. military.
Thiel, who serves as a board member for Facebook and is one of the few prominent Trump supporters on Silicon Valley, believes Google must be held accountable for its dubious business practices and forced to answer the following three questions:
“Number one, how many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI?”
“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?
Thiel added that these questions “need to be asked by the FBI, by the CIA, and I’m not sure quite how to put this, I would like them to be asked in a not excessively gentle manner.”
He is the co-founder of the data mining company Palantr, a competitor to Google that does business with the U.S. federal government receiving contracts from the Department of Defense, FBI and CIA. Joe Lonsdale, another co-founder of Palantir, defended Thiel’s sentiments earlier today.
“Google is not a patriotic company,” Londale said.
“Everyone in the Valley knows that the Chinese government is very involved,” Lonsdale said while appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk Alley.” “It’s something we don’t talk about a lot. It was very courageous of [Thiel] to talk about it.”
Thiel’s assertion of Google’s lack of patriotism is bolstered by recent revelations uncovered by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, who discovered that Google is planning electoral interference to undermine U.S. democracy to prevent President Donald Trump’s re-election in 2020.
“Elizabeth Warren is saying we should break up Google. And like, I love her but she’s very misguided, like that will not make it better it will make it worse, because all these smaller companies who don’t have the same resources that we do will be charged with preventing the next Trump situation, it’s like a small company cannot do that,” said Jen Gennai, who works as Google’s Head of Responsible Innovation, on hidden camera.
“We all got screwed over in 2016, again it wasn’t just us, it was, the people got screwed over, the news media got screwed over, like, everybody got screwed over so we’re rapidly been like, what happened there and how do we prevent it from happening again,” she added.
The National Conservatism Conference continues in Washington D.C. until Tuesday and keynote speakers include other right-wing critics of Big Tech monopolies such as Fox News host Tucker Carlson and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO).
YOUR NEW MASTER: Twitter’s Head of Conversational Safety, a “Young, Queer Asian-American Businesswoman,” is “Rethinking” the Concept of User Safety
Do you trust someone like her to make Twitter “a safer place”?
The media company Protocol, a sister site of Politico, recently published an article about Twitter’s new “head of product for conversational safety,” Christine Su. It claims that Su, a “young, queer Asian-American businesswoman,” is revolutionizing what “user safety” on social media means.
Twitter hired Su around six months ago to be in charge of “what might be the most difficult task on Twitter,” despite having no apparent experience in politics, programming, and media relations. But Twitter seems to like her for her “creative” and “somewhat radical new ideas” about user safety.
“As a queer woman of color who is an Asian American in tech in rural America, that experience is a very intersectional one. I’ve had plenty of experiences moving through spaces where I wanted more safety,” Su said.
Protocol writes that Su’s vision incorporates “transformative and procedural justice.” Transformative justice ostensibly refers to a non-retributive form of repairing harm done to someone and preventing it from happening again; procedural justice to enacting a set of rules that “make harm rarer in the first place.”
This all sounds nice and dandy—but beware. So-called transformative and procedural justice will not benefit you, but will crush you. Anything that’s perceived as “harmful” against “women and people from marginalized groups” can and will be used to censor you. Christine Su may reassuringly claim that “the point is not to make the entire world a safe space,” but she’s open about the fact that she will help give the Coalition of the Fringes more control over what people are allowed to do and say on Twitter.
Examples from the article:
- Creating an audio hangout feature called “Spaces,” which will allow users to determine who is allowed to participate, as well as who can speak and when. (Note that it’s being tested on “women and marginalized groups of people” first.)
- Potentially doubling down on functions that “encourage people to read content before reposting it.” (Which is exclusively done to censor or limit the reach of conservative and other right-wing content.)
- Building tools that “create private pathways for apologies, forgiveness and deescalation.” (The finer details are still a work in progress according to Su.)
- Defining what a “meaningful conversation” is. (Would people like Su think that anything right-wingers say or believe belongs in a “meaningful conversation”? Let’s just say I wouldn’t bet money on it…)
You know full well that a company like Facebook would shortly follow suit. After all, it’s not just Twitter that Su is “revolutionizing,” but the concept of social media itself. Figure out where all this is heading.
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