Google’s Work in China is Not a Security Risk, White House Says

An anonymous reader shares a report: Earlier this month, Facebook board member and billionaire investor Peter Thiel accused Google of working with China’s government. Today, The Wall Street Journal reports that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that he and President Trump have no national security concerns about Alphabet’s work in China. Thiel used the stage at National Conservatism Conference in Washington DC to call for the FBI and CIA to investigate Google’s China ties. Thiel specifically cited Google’s work on AI. But the same day Google confirmed that it killed plans for its controversial search engine, Dragonfly. The timing raised suspicion, and Trump tweeted that his administration would “take a look.” “The president and I did diligence on this issue, we’re not aware of any areas where Google is working with the Chinese government in any way that raises concerns,” Mnuchin said today. He noted that Google continues to work with the US Department of Defense and that its work with China is “very, very limited.”

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