A strange list of over 400 terms found on Xiaomi smartphones that were reported to be used for censorship could actually be an advertising blacklist.
Lithuania’s defense ministry recently advised its citizens against buying Chinese-branded phones as they claimed they could detect words such as ‘Free Tibet’, ‘Long Live Taiwan Independence’ or ‘democracy movement’ and sensor can.
“Our recommendation is not to buy new Chinese phones, and to get rid of those already purchased as soon as possible,” said Deputy Minister of Defense Margiris Abukavicius. The country’s cyber center said the phone transferred encrypted data to a server in Singapore, which Xiaomi denied.
The report references a file called MiAdBlacklistConfig on Xiaomi phones, but a Check out XDA Developers Found that the file contains 2210 records instead of the 449 words identified.
The report states that these records mention Tibet and Hong Kong, but other smartphone brands, the phrase ‘download Bollywood song’, and even some branding of Xiaomi: ‘mi’, ‘xiaomi m5’, And ‘mi mobile phone’ is also mentioned. .
XDA Developers claims that the researchers “probably made a very large error” because the code used in the phone filters out an object called “Initial Ad” – the Xiaomi Global Ad Software Development Kit (XDA) used to display ads SDK) a method.
XDA Developers also says the blacklist file was not referenced elsewhere, and believes it is used to filter out ‘obscene’ ads related to sex and other topics.
The code is not activated in devices sold in the EU, and those builds do not contain ads. It seems that the code is not even used in Xiaomi’s browser app.
in a statement to GranthshalaXiaomi said: “Xiaomi’s devices do not censor their communications to or from their users. Xiaomi has never restricted or blocked any personal behavior of our smartphone users, such as searching, calling, web browsing or using third-party communication software.
“Xiaomi fully respects and protects the legal rights of all users. Xiaomi complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union.
It did not comment on XDA Developer’s report. The Lithuanian NCSC did not respond to a request for comment ahead of time of publication.
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