Xiaomi mobile communications censorship

September 2021

Lithuania's National Cyber Security Centre has discovered that Xiaomi mobile phones have a built-in ability to detect and censor terms such as 'Free Tibet', 'Long live Taiwan independence' or 'democracy movement'.

Turned off on Xiaomi's Mi 10T 5G phone, the software had been turned off for the 'European Union region', but can be turned on remotely at any time.

The Lithuanian government is recommending its citizens not to buy new Chinese phones, and to get rid of those already purchased quickly.