Zoom suspends U.S. based activist’s account for commemorating China’s Tiananmen anniversary with a Zoom meeting
If you felt that Zoom being a U.S. company would have a different worldview of the Chinese dissidents, you are wrong, The world’s leading video conferencing company Zoom deactivated the account of a group of prominent U.S. based Chinese activists after they held a Zoom event honoring the 31st anniversary of the June 4 Tiananmen Square Massacre.
As you know Zoom App has helped people over the globe to connect with each other during this pandemic, the US-based campaigners selected Zoom, which connected over 250 people for the anniversary.
According to Axios, the group Humanitarian China said it had brought in numerous participants from inside China for a commemoration meeting of the Tiananmen massacre 31years ago. Humanitarian China said that Zoom deactivated its paid Zoom account was shut down without explanation one week later.
Just like any global company, we must comply with applicable laws in the jurisdictions where we operate. When a meeting is held across different countries, the participants within those countries are required to comply with their respective local laws. We aim to limit the actions we take to those necessary to comply with local law and continuously review and improve our process on these matters. We have reactivated the US-based account.
said a Zoom spokeperson to Axios
Zhou Fengsuo, the founder of the U.S. nonprofit Humanitarian China and former student leader of the 1989 Tiananmen protests, organized the May 31 event held through a paid Zoom account associated with Humanitarian China. Later the activists angrily said the US-based company may have been pressurized from China’s regime.
As the most commercially popular meeting software worldwide, Zoom is essential as an unbanned outreach to Chinese audiences remembering and commemorating Tiananmen Massacre during the coronavirus pandemic. If so, Zoom is complicit in erasing the memories of the Tiananmen massacre in collaboration with an authoritarian government
Humanitarian China said in a statement.
We also saw before how Zoom App earnings gain growth of 129% in coronavirus pandemic. Zoom has been the global savior although its security is not up to mark. The company has faced multiple security issues where 500,000 Zoom accounts were on sale on the dark web for less than $0.002 each. After been hit by cyber attacks the company introduced an end-to-end encryption security update that is provided to only its paid customers.
Update: Another co-founder of the group said the Zoom account was reactivated later on Wednesday.
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