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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These keywords have nothing to do with censorship, they're used to filter ads. XDA has a great article about this:
https://www.xda-developers.com/xiaomi-secret-blacklist-explained/

Xiaomi even has keywords like "mi mobile phone" or "China", i.e. things they're obviously not trying to censor. Most keywords are related to porn, presumably because they want to avoid showing porn-related ads in their phones. Nothing wrong with all that.

  • Carol

AnonD-1016461, 27 Sep 2021Every tech company does this Do you think selling phones m... moreThere are actually a lot of companies that d not sell your data, stop making the problem look like a normal behaviour, it ain't working.

  • Anonymous

AnonD-1016461, 27 Sep 2021Every tech company does this Do you think selling phones m... moreI am not talking about Google and their Chrome browser btw. Any activity is sent to China when you use Xiaomi. Atleast Google tells you what they collect. Both are terrible frankly...

  • Carol

Anonymous, 27 Sep 2021None of these things exist in xiaomi.eu ROMsXeah right, because you saiy so? Or you just think you know more then anybody else?

  • Carol

Oha, upsy, xiaomi as always working for the Government, it is really nothing hard to believe. At the end we're talking about a Regime that xiaomi obey if they want to, or not. Well, not like they don't want to. The problem would be tough, the m that support this brand (and not only this one) by buying their stolen tech.

  • Anonymous

None of these things exist in xiaomi.eu ROMs

  • Anonymous

There is nothing pornographic about those search terms. This is just standard Chinese censorship and has put me off wanting a Xiaomi or any other Chinese device now.

  • AnonD-1016461

hmm, 27 Sep 2021Well custom rom makes sense to be on budget to middle class... moreExactly
So it's not something to offer as MIUI replacement plus they're so many ROMs that left to die because developers doesn't get a penny by building ROMs than it's basically not for normal user

  • Anonymous

alcalde, 27 Sep 2021Every free country should be banning Chinese tech and prohi... moreyou should know Samsung does the same but since it's not chinese you prob think it's not

  • hmm

AnonD-1016461, 27 Sep 2021You know that custom ROMs needs active developers and they&... moreWell custom rom makes sense to be on budget to middle class as thats the largest market.

  • AnonD-1016461

Anonymous, 27 Sep 2021They also collect browser data such as urls to sell to adve... moreEvery tech company does this
Do you think selling phones make business?

  • AnonD-1016461

pangolinpanda, 27 Sep 2021Xiaomi's phones atleast have unlockable bootloaders, s... moreYou know that custom ROMs needs active developers and they're only available in under 500$ Xiaomi phones?
Like poco F3 , Redmi note 10 series (mostly phones who are popular in India) others like mi 10T/11T series and mi 10/11 series doesn't have any ROM support

pangolinpanda, 27 Sep 2021Xiaomi's phones atleast have unlockable bootloaders, s... moreI agree, if they won't, they should be able to fix bug MIUI.

Every free country should be banning Chinese tech and prohibiting their own companies from agreeing to help China spy on its citizens, censor them or otherwise support oppression in order to gain access to its market.

I salute Lithuania, which knows what's it like to have a dictatorial Communist regime forced on them.

  • hmm

Anonymous, 27 Sep 2021They also collect browser data such as urls to sell to adve... moreThis is something every brand is doing. They are not unique in this

Xiaomi's phones atleast have unlockable bootloaders, so it's pretty easy to flash a custom rom.

  • hmm

Anonymous, 27 Sep 2021So? If it's turned off it's like they don't ... moreIt's existing as it's in the phone. Turned off or on dont matter.

For me it's not a problem as i have Xiaomi phone and probably my next phone also.

It's just how Xiaomi is dealing with this problem i dont like. Why have it on the phone for the European region in the first place? I understand that they need to have this thing turned on for China region as for them that is a law from there country but you dont have European bands on China version the bands that matter.

In Lithuania more or less no cares about this Tibet. And more or less everyone thinks that Lithuanian goverment are idiots who make problems with China.

  • Anonymous

They also collect browser data such as urls to sell to advertisers. As compelling some of their offerings are, everything has it's price.

  • Anonymous

If China can monitor and censor a European citizen's searches, who knows what else they can control.