Xiaomi hires a third-party firm to rule on Lithuania's censorship allegations

27 September 2021
The investigation firm isn't named but it's based in Europe.

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LoL, 30 Sep 2021Lithuanian government just trying to get in the good side o... moreIts a reaposne to Chinese putting ban on our export. Its all about trade war between two countries. China doing this becasuse of Lithuanian import deal signed with Taiwan, and China took it personally.

  • Anonymous

Nick Tegrataker, 28 Sep 2021If it was just "disabled" then one should still b... moreMaybe the mi phone model was one that performed badly.
And surely you are censored from typing the word China, I've done this on a China based game (literally the game made and played in China) and was censored.

  • LoL

.alpha, 28 Sep 2021GSMArena should have done a better job explaining the situa... moreLithuanian government just trying to get in the good side of US. All in the hope that millions of dollars will be given to them as 'foreign aid'.

  • Adul Al Salami Kebab

Info, 28 Sep 2021I guess you are the one that didn't read well. The so-... moreRemote control of it may be part of the issue here.

  • Anonymous

Surprise, surprise. Lithuania going to look dumb as heck and all because they wanted a cookie from the US.

  • Info

Anonymous, 28 Sep 2021Hello, can you read? The Lithuanian NCSC alleged the Xiaomi... moreI guess you are the one that didn't read well. The so-called censoship filter is disabled on global roms as confirmed by XDA. The Lithuanian government claimed these disabled filter can be enabled remotely, but XDA found no evidence any global rom Xiaomi phone they tested has the filter enabled. Go back and read again, dude.

  • .alpha

GSMArena should have done a better job explaining the situation. OEMs build 1 ROM with everything and enable/disable features base on individual country's law. There are quite a number of videos on YouTube explaining this which shows how stupid Lithuania's defense minister is

Anonymous, 28 Sep 2021sounds like pooh-bear has his hands in with Xiaomi as well ... moreA company has to comply with the laws of the country it's operating in, anything else would be weird.

AnonD-1016461, 27 Sep 2021You know that custom ROMs needs active developers and they&... moreThere's always GSI roms. Then you just need an unlocked bootloader and fastboot, maybe some vendor bug workarounds but the matrix/irc for that is pretty active and I bet there's developers that are willing to help in case something doesn't work.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 28 Sep 2021Hello, can you read? The Lithuanian NCSC alleged the Xiaomi... moreDid you read the actual report? "After analysing the Mi Browser, it was found that the application performs the download functionality of the MiAdBlacklistConfig file, but does not filter the content according to the list in
the MiAdBlacklistConfig file. Based on the Xiaomi code, this functionality has been deactivated in
“the European Union region”. They are saying that it does not filter the content in the EU

  • Anonymous

Nick Tegrataker, 28 Sep 2021If it was just "disabled" then one should still b... moreFair enough but the mi browser is censored in the China Rom for sure

  • Anonymous

sounds like pooh-bear has his hands in with Xiaomi as well as Huawei.

Anonymous, 28 Sep 2021The didn't even allege censorship in the EU rom. They ... moreIf it was just "disabled" then one should still be able to find all the relevant codes. XDA dissected the said ad configuration file and found out they literally blacklist "China" and "Xiaomi Mi5" in it. Why would they want to censor the name of their own brand and country?

The deep analysis article concludes: "I think it’s pretty clear that the filter is specifically used for filtering advertisements".

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 28 Sep 2021XDA has found it to be an ads filter and not internet censo... moreThe didn't even allege censorship in the EU rom. They said it was disabled. Xda and yourself should read the report

  • Anonymous

Suspicious, 28 Sep 2021I skimmed through the original report and it stresses not t... moreXDA has found it to be an ads filter and not internet censorship as alleged by the Lithuanian NSCS.

Anonymous, 28 Sep 2021So, "Free Tibet" and "Long live Independent ... moreConsidered offensive in China, yes. And therefore filtered in China for ads. Not relevant for Europe though, so why all the fuzz eh Lithuania?

Same is true for most countries. Bad words, or expressions are probably also included and region dependent.

In other regions, or countries - such as Lithuania, things like alcohol is equally banned in advertising. The Lithuanian legislations bans alcohol advertising from all foreign and domestic TV, radio, printed media and even the Internet.

  • Anonymous

Info, 28 Sep 2021There is no censorship filter on Xiaomi phones using global... moreHello, can you read? The Lithuanian NCSC alleged the Xiaomi 10T Pro on global rom was censoring internet content based on a blacklist file. Nothing to do with China rom.

  • Anonymous

Nick Tegrataker, 28 Sep 2021Lithuania is not partnered with the US, but definitely has ... moreOneplus and Huawei were also included in the report though and they didn't find the same issue with those brands. Actually, I read the original report which said they didn't censor searches on the EU Rom in any case but they did send encrypted data to servers in Singapore which would be outside the European Data Protection Regulations. Seems to be making a mountain out of a molehill though

  • Ramon Nebraska

Xiaomi says "and content that is found offensive to local users."

You know what is offensive ?
Bullshit, and forced advertisement on Xiaomi phones !

  • Info

alcalde, 27 Sep 2021Every free country should be banning Chinese tech and prohi... moreYou clearly don't know how to dig deeper into an issue. You only made your judgment based solely on headline and biased reporting.