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

Ro, 27 September 2021

If you are by any chance out of the loop, Xiaomi is currently under fire in Lithuania as the country's Deputy Defence Minister criticized the company for imposing censorship to its smartphones. The Chinese tech giant denied allegations and has now hired a third-party firm that's going to investigate the Lithuanian's government claims. It didn't say which company it hired, though, but it confirmed it's based in Europe.

Xiaomi is hiring a third-party firm to investigate Lithuania's censorship allegations

According to Lithuania's Defence Ministry, Xiaomi is blocking certain search terms such as "free Tibet", "long live Taiwan independence" and "democracy movement". The minister urged to "throw away" all Chinese phones as soon as possible. Xiaomi said that these filters are turned off for the European Union region.

Then again, the Lithuania government claims the censorship filter could be re-enabled remotely at any time. The Chinese firm argues that these filters are an industry standard and are usually used to protect users from pornographic content and content that is found offensive to local users.

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Its 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

Maybe 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

Lithuanian 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'.

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