OnePlus releases statement denying that users' clipboard data is being sent to China

Recently, images disseminated on social media made it appear as though Chinese phone manufacturer OnePlus was sending information from the clipboard on your OnePlus phone to China. From there, the rumor mill worked overtime, speculating that your clipboard data was being received by authorities inside China's government. This morning, OnePlus issued a statement that explains everything.

Apparently, the whole misunderstanding is related to a file in OxygenOS named badwords.txt. Just that name alone was enough to add fuel to the fire. However, OnePlus says that the file is inactive in OxygenOS. In OnePlus' operating system for the Chinese market, HydrogenOS, the badwords.txt file is used to prevent certain data from getting uploaded. The data in this file is purposely not sent to any server.

The reason this file exists in China is to prevent Chinese messaging app WeChat from blocking links to competitors. A feud between the top two internet giants in the country, Tencent and Alibaba, is really at the core of this. Since this has nothing to do with the U.S. market at all (or any region outside of Asia), the file is inactive in OxygenOS.

Hopefully, the official statement from OnePlus will put an end to the rumors and speculation. You can find it inside the quotation marks in the box below.


source: OnePlus, @fs0c131y via AndroidPolice

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26 Comments

1. prakash_shewani

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 05, 2016

how can someone trust a company operating in a communist country that wants to take over world or wants to be next super-power

2. sirohunter

Posts: 204; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

Dat Dash Charge tho :P

23. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Some guys think fast charging is good thing fast charging or dash charging will damage your battery within couple of month of use.

25. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

It's never damaged any of my phone batteries.

3. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

More than half item in your house is also from a "company operating in a communist country that wants to take over world or wants to be next super-power". But feel free to wear you tinfoil hat..

26. prakash_shewani

Posts: 25; Member since: Feb 05, 2016

okay my refrigerator can send any data it wants to

9. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

You're mixing up the term Communist with Autocracy. If you think China is still Communist then you must have been in a coma for the last 25 years or you're a reincarnation of Senator McCarthy.

22. sunnyfpy

Posts: 288; Member since: May 12, 2013

Front or back door stealing of data? Who's immune??

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