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@salixlucida people willingly downloaded it to learn about Xi Jingping?

or do police officers come door to door and 'help' you install it?

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It's possible mobile carriers can infect devices with malware that automatically installs the app.

Like some locked Android smartphones are shipped preprogrammed to install garbage apps like Facebook and stupid games.

@tootbrute

I got a new LG smartphone last week and as soon as I unboxed it and connected to wifi it started installing Facebook and several other apps (I'm pretty sure they paid LG for that).

At least I could uninstall those.

@salixlucida ah true, so they might not be 'organic' installs, more like forced installs.

gosh i can't wait for my phone to break to upgrade to a better model: pinephone, librem5 etc etc

@salixlucida The more I think about it... 學習強國, as a phrase, is startlingly aggressive compared to a decade ago. It’s worrisome.

@salixlucida This stuff is actually really common with Chinese apps. Not to this level of finesse, natch. But if you have a burner phone and want to poke around, take a look at some mainland games and social media apps. They want permissions for EVERYTHING, and increasingly ban even innocuous words. One game a friend and I were playing even banned 「日」so we couldn’t talk about 抗日戰爭!太可笑呢。

@salixlucida @jalcine it’s almost like 2-3 conglomerates shouldn’t be the sole developer of the entire world’s ways of communication 🤔

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