Chinese Xiaomi gave official comments on the statements of the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense about the presence of censorship tools in the company’s smartphones.
The day before, it was reported that the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense advised users not to buy Chinese-made smartphones and get rid of existing devices from China. According to the Lithuanian cybersecurity agency, Xiaomi devices sold in Europe have a built-in ability to recognize and block certain phrases, such as «long live Taiwan independence» and «democracy movement.»
And now Xiaomi has received official statements on this issue. The company states that Xiaomi devices do not censor messages to or from their users.
«Xiaomi has never and will never restrict or block the personal activities of the company’s smartphone users, such as searching, making calls, browsing the web, or using third-party communication software. Xiaomi fully respects and protects the legal rights of all users«, the message says.
In addition, the company emphasizes that it complies with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). And the third-party ad filter capabilities on Xiaomi devices are disabled in the EU and in any jurisdiction where their use is contrary to applicable law.