China: Xinjiang Users Arrested For Not Installing State Spyware

Chinese police have reportedly set up checkpoints to ensure that ethnic minorities in the western Xinjiang province have downloaded state-mandated spyware to their mobile devices.

The surveillance app, known as Jingwang, is said to search the device for files that match those blacklisted by the authorities for terror-related content.

It can also prevent the spread of certain content via social media and online chat platforms and block access to illegal and malicious sites, according to reports.

The new rules are only in place in Xinjiang, which has a large population of Uyghur Muslims and a history of social unrest.

  • Does Jingwang know when I Wang Chung at night?

  • dukestreet

    I remember this spyware being released in China. I have friends who were immigrating to Canada and told them to avoid downloading it if possible. It was advertised by the Chinese government, as a required download ,to protect all the children from online dangers. They didn’t know that it was meant to spy on them and not protect the kids at all. it was called “Green Shield” in Chinese.

  • Clink9

    “There’s a level of admiration I actually have for China. Their basic dictatorship is actually allowing them to turn their economy around on a dime.”

  • Brian Stelter

    Who do they think they are? IBM?

    • DaninVan

      Nope. Microsoft!

      This should give we ‘Freespeechers’ a moment to reflect.
      Which is the greater evil, terrorism or curtailment of Free Speech?
      I honestly don’t have an answer.
      (I use ‘SpyBot’ to block Windows telemetry)

  • RottyLover

    Hmm, lots of koranimals, history of unrest.

    • simus1

      Prior to the arrival of the racist mao gang criminals in 1949, Uighurs were simple nomads who wandered a hard land in peace and had no problems with anyone.

  • Nuke Beijing.