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Zoom’s new technology will allow governments to censor users locally

Zoom’s new technology will allow governments to censor users locally

This technology, which is still under development and is expected to be introduced in the coming days, could be aimed at Chinese users at the request of the government. 

Video-calling platform Zoom has announced that they will develop a new technology that will allow them to remove or even block users at a local level. This effectively means that a user account can be blocked if the government demands so within the country’s borders. However, it will remain to be active outside the borders. 

This chance was mandated as it came after Zoom took orders from the Chinese government to take down accounts of two demonstrators who were commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. 

This technology, which is still under development and is expected to be introduced in the coming days, could be aimed at Chinese users at the request of the government. 

Apart from this, the technology which is expected to be rolled out in the next few days, Zoom has also said that they will not pay heed to the request from the Chinese government to block users outside of mainland China. 

What this announcement also means that Zoom will take the requests of Beijing into consideration for users who are in China and this will include those that urge the company to permanently expunge the accounts.

Zoom, had earlier this week, did concede that they had suspended the accounts of one Hong Kong- and two US-based users both of whom were engaged in pro-democratic demonstrations to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. These requests were made by Beijing. 

However, both these accounts were then reinstated shortly after the confession, China’s impact and handling of the video conferencing platform did lead to raised eyebrows all across the globe. 

“We are improving our global policy to respond to these types of requests. We will outline this policy as part of our transparency report, to be published by June 30, 2020,” said Zoom in a blog post after it re-activated the accounts of the demonstrators.

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