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Lithuania wants its citizens to throw away Chinese phones due to "built-in censorship" capabilities

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According to a new report from Reuters, Lithuania's Defense Ministry is recommending consumers to throw away Chinese smartphones or avoid buying new ones.
Lithuania's Defence Deputy Minister Margiris Abukevicius and a Redmi smartphone

Xiaomi smartphones in particular

The Defense Ministry claims that the government found the devices had built-in censorship capabilities. It said that flagship phones sold in Europe by tech giant Xiaomi can detect and censor terms such as "Free Tibet", "Long live Taiwan independence", or democracy movement".

We tried those phrases on our Xiaomi smartphone using its stock browser and the alleged censorship is not present.

But, the report also said that the capability in the Mi 10T 5G software had been turned off for the "European Union region", but it can be turned on remotely at any time.

Because of this, Defence Deputy Minister Margiris Abukevicius told reporters that their recommendation is to "not buy new Chinese phones and get rid of those already purchased as fast as possible".

Reuters said that Xiaomi has yet to comment on the matter.

It added that the relations between Lithuania and China have been soured recently. 

You may read the full report in the source link below.

Source: Reuters
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