[GizPoll of the Week] Is The US Government Witch-Hunting Huawei?


From our last week poll, Xiaomi Mi MIX 2s is clearly favoured over the Huawei P20 Pro. The Mi MIX 2s gathered 60% of votes while the P20 Pro made do with 23%. 17% of voters are not interested in either of these smartphones. 

The past few months have seen a couple of brouhaha between Chinese manufacturing giant, Huawei and the government of the U.S. Huawei has unofficially sold its smartphones in the US mostly via online stores but its major aim is to partner with a major U.S. carrier to blockbuster its sales and presence in the United States. In December 2017, Huawei was about to strike a deal with AT&T to sell the Mate 10 Pro in the US and its CEO Richard Yu announced this partnership but AT&T pulled out of the deal in the last minute due to pressure from the U.S. government.

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

AT&T pulled out of this deal after the U.S. Senate and House intelligence committees officially expressed concerns over Huawei’s plans and its ties with the Chinese government. In a letter addressed to the FCC, the Senate “cited an intelligence committee report on Huawei’s alleged ties to the Communist Party as well as China’s intelligence and security services.” In addition, Huawei Mate 10 Pro was previously available on BestBuy but the online sales giant has said that it will no longer sell Huawei’s products.

Though Huawei may not be able to partner with any major US carrier, the company has boasted that it will double its sales this year and will continue to invest in the US. Xu Qinsong said in an interview in Shenzhen “I don’t know why they (the US government) are so nervous. They are really too nervous.” Shortly after this claim, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) started considering a new rule which would ensure that Huawei and ZTE equipment users in the US forfeit all federal subsidies.

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Some sectors believe that the US government action towards Huawei’s expansion is simply a witchhunt and the government is worried about Huawei’s strides in 5G technology. The same reason the government stopped the sale of Qualcomm to Broadcom because Qualcomm is one of the few US companies which has hopes of perfecting 5G technology before Huawei. However, others believe that it is in the place of the government to protect its citizenry. Today’s polls ask the question, “Do you think the US government is witch-hunting Huawei’? Let us have your votes in the polls below and if there is anything you need to add, let us know in the comments.

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7 Comments

  1. Step666
    April 7, 2018

    It’s a yes/no question, there shouldn’t even be a third option in the poll.

    And the answer is clearly yes, the accusations against Huawei are completely baseless – no evidence has ever been provided against Huawei, with some of the US government reports even acknowledging that there’s no proof.

    If it were any other country or any other nationality of manufacturer this sort of treatment would not be tolerated but because its the US and Huawei are Chinese, it’s somehow allowed to happen.

    Institutional xenophobia driven by protectionist, nationalist idiots.

    • SeanSu
      April 7, 2018

      On the contrary, backdoors have been found in Huawei products multiple times. Huawei are a hackercon favorite because their routers and switches are so poorly coded and at one point had hard coded remote root access. Their phones were found with backdoors multiple times, as recently as last year they had spyware/adware that could install applications with root level access remotely. Please actually Google before you make allegations that there isn’t proof when there is plenty of proof. Not 3 months goes by without Huawei releasing a severe security alert.

    • Guest
      April 8, 2018

      On the contrary backdoors exist in Intel and AMD chips. The US government has tried to backdoor encryption standards multiple times.

      Snowden’s revelations already showed the extent of surveillance and programs by the NSA and US government. Google and Facebook are hoovering up all user data to build indepth invasive profiles of all individuals including location and content across devices. All this is well known.

      So singling out Huawei is a bit rich and smack of ignorance of the extent of US surveillance both by the govt and technology companies, dissonance and double standards.

  2. Twister12
    April 7, 2018

    You can maybe trust Huawei, but the question is can you trust the Chinese government? Everything in China is controlled by the government. You don’t have to be a genius what does it means.

    • May Ahmay
      April 8, 2018

      i may not trust huawei, but i dont trust americans and trump even more. by the way where is the WMD they insist saddam possess.

  3. Guest
    April 7, 2018

    Who knows? Such pressure on Huawei may be applied by Apple lobbyists that are afraid of losing some of their market share to Huawei. The fact that companies like Xiaomi haven’t expanded to the US yet are also giving Apple an extra chance of their phones being bought. But while the government has the right to ban using these companies phones for officials (Indians that are in the army or that hold governmental positions can’t use their smartphones at work), why should they do the same for the common folk? If any government decides to spy on you, then they’ll find a way to install a backdoor on any of your devices, regardless of make or model.

  4. SeanSu
    April 7, 2018

    Huawei phones were found with effective backdoors last year, two years before that and numerous times in 2012. There are severe security alerts for their routers and in the past they’ve been found with hard-coded remote admin passwords, aka backdoors. People who pretend that Huawei doesn’t have security problems have not been following internet security and hacker cons at all.