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Lithuanian Ministry: Do not buy Xiaomi phones

Lithuania’s defense ministry has urged consumers not to buy Chinese mobile phones. Pre-installed censorship mechanisms have been found in devices made by smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi, the ministry said, following an investigative report by the national cybersecurity agency, Reuters reports. According to the report, terms such as “free Tibet”, “democracy movement” or search queries about Taiwan could be detected and censored. The feature had been disabled in Xiaomi’s Mi 10T 5G phone software for the European Union region, but could be turned on remotely at any time, the report added.

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