Zooming into controversy
Everyone’s using Zoom. From Queen Elizabeth II to Singaporean judges sentencing people to death for chewing gum. It’s precisely because of this massive user base that the company has made a fortune off the Covid-19 pandemic. But as history shows us, with great power comes… an insatiable fetish for censoring peaceful protest.
A group commemorating the Tiananmen Square massacre had its paid account shut down for daring to remember one of the most savage put downs of democratic action in recent years. The group Humanitarian China hosted a call with participants from around the world, some of whom unfortunately made the classic mistake of happening to be in China.
A week later their presence on Zoom was no more. It was only after they complained that the company restored the account. ‘Just like any other global company, we must comply with applicable laws in the jurisdictions where we operate’.
You see, as they frequently tell us, trans-national tech companies actually have no morals beyond what the law tells them, especially when it comes to cracking that sweet, sweet Chinese market, and this is something that we should all just be okay with.
This latest development comes as Zoom’s earnings err, zoomed, this month to 27$ million. But many fear that the service has a number of pressing security issues.
In the US, a California church had their virtual Bible studies class ‘Zoombombed’ by hackers who posted graphic images of child abuse on the call. The tech company apparently ‘did nothing’ when they complained. The church has since filed a law suit against Zoom for negligence.
Normally it’s the Church that’s sued for child abuse and not the other way around. Zoom really is shaking things up in 2020.
Anyway, next time you login, just remember not to mention Taiwan or Tiananmen Square. Or Uyghurs. Or Winnie the Pooh. Or Supreme leader Xi – Ok, maybe try another video calling platform?