Zoom U-turns on decision to ban the account of U.S-based Chinese pro-democracy activists
What you need to know
- Zoom temporarily suspended the account of US-based, Pro-Chinese democracy activists.
- The internet was not impressed.
- The account has been reactivated, but big questions still remain for some.
Zoom has reactivated the account of a US-based group of Pro-Chinese democracy activists after temporarily suspending the account "to comply with local laws."
According to Axios 2 days ago:
In an update, a Zoom spokesperson confirmed to Axios that the account closure had taken place and that bizarrely, the account had now been reactivated. In a statement Zoom said:
As Axios explains, the specific call in question was a Zoom event commemorating the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre on June 4. The report notes:
The event was organized by Zhou Gensuo, founder of Humanitarian China, a U.S. nonprofit organization, it was attended by 250 people and speakers reportedly included "mothers of students killed during the 1989 crackdown."
Whilst the account has been reactivated, that it was banned in the first place has raised serious questions over Zoom's policies and security. As Bill Bishop, writer of Sinocism China Newsletter noted:
Eyebrows were raised earlier this month over news that Zoom would not be providing end-to-end encryption for free accounts, CEO Eric Yuan stating:
In response to this, Zoom security consultant Alex Stamos went to great lengths to explain Zoom's encryption plans explicitly stating:
However, this does not seem consistent with this most recent report.
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