Free internet and politics. The platform Zoom closed scheduled video events at the request of the Chinese government.
The video conferencing platform Zoom, which is already in doubt over its ties to the Chinese government, says it recently cut off scheduled video events in Zoom, in which they would celebrate the anniversary of her slaughter 1989 Tiananmen Square. The suspension was made at the request of Chinese officials. It also suspended the accounts of three activists who took part in the protests.
According to Zoom in a statement today: "In May and early June, the Chinese government was notified of four major public celebrations on June 4 in Zoom, which were posted on social media, including the details of the meeting. The Chinese government has informed us that this activity is illegal in China and has asked the Zoom terminate the meetings and the corresponding accounts ".
The company, which saw its platform rise rapidly in popularity and connections during the coronavirus crisis, now says it should not have suspended accounts, which were based in the US and Hong Kong, and did not had to stop the events Zoom for all participants. Instead, he says, it should be able to exclude only the participation of people living in the country where it was illegal. But he did not have it (!!) and that is why he stopped the events.
We read in the announcement:
The Zoom does not currently have the ability to remove specific participants from a meeting or to exclude participants from a specific country in a meeting. Therefore, we have decided to terminate three of the four meetings and to suspend or terminate the hosting accounts associated with the three meetings.
The Zoom He added that he would no longer allow requests from the Chinese government to influence its users outside China. However, the company also appears to be aiming to create a censorship mechanism in its systems that can block content that the Chinese government does not want to see from Zoomers inside China.
Despite the its growing success, the Zoom has gone through many waves. Accused of security errors in its passwords, design defects, privacy risks and other issues. The Zoom released updates and changes quickly, as well as many apologies.