Microsoft Accused of Helping Chinese Military

Microsoft Accused of Helping Chinese Military

( – Over the last several years, Big Tech has frequently accused of overreaching. Authorities and others have accused Google, Microsoft, and Facebook of repeatedly putting their interests ahead of the needs of their users, even when that means breaking laws to do so. Now, it turns out Microsoft might be helping China build up its military in a scary fashion.

In his recent tell-all book, “Red Handed: How American Elites Get Rich Helping China Win,” author Peter Schweizer drops some pretty hefty bombshell allegations. Schweizer talks about the tech company establishing a research facility in China and working cooperatively with a Chinese military university to develop artificial intelligence (AI).

If that wasn’t enough cause for concern, Microsoft also allegedly hired interns from China’s armed forces, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA). If true, this puts sensitive information in the hands of those who stand to use it for military gain on its perceived enemies.

Additionally, the PLA supposedly had permission to monitor Skype conversations and look for those who might use the platform to organize a protest or other activities counter to China’s policies, essentially spying on its citizens.

Do you think these allegations are true? And if so, with tensions increasing in the East, do you think it’s time the government takes action against companies like Microsoft?

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