Palantir’s ‘Patriotic’ Deflection

Palantir cofounder Joe Lonsdale has doubled down on the statements made by Peter Thiel by saying “Google clearly needs to evaluate what it’s doing. Peter and I built a very patriotic company. Google is clearly not a patriotic company.”

Lonsdale was on CNBC to discuss what his friend and mentor, Peter Thiel, said during a speech at the National Conservatism conference in Washington, DC, on Sunday. Thiel said that Google’s relationship with China was “seemingly treasonous.” He later doubled down on the remarks on Fox News, calling for the FBI and the CIA to investigate Google. And on Tuesday morning President Trump said his administration “would take a look.”

This bit of rhetoric has an interesting consequence. It asks the media and the Valley to turn its attention to Google and away from Palantir at a time when protests against Palantir among tech workers have been heating up.

Protesters like the Tech Coalition New York, the Progressive Technology Project, Mijente have been orchestrating protests against Palantir for its work with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). They oppose ICE’s enforcement policies at the southern US border.

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