October 19, 2020

Zoom faces a new ban after security issue allegedly led to child endangerment

Singapore banned its teachers from using Zoom after the platform's security issues allegedly put local children at risk.

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Zoom’s recent privacy and security issues have left the platform on the chopping block. The company faces a class-action lawsuit from one of its shareholders, Google banned the video-conferencing tool from its employees’ laptops, and now the entire country of Singapore has banned teachers from using Zoom.

According to Reuters, Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE) made the decision after “very serious incidents” occurred during Zoom home-based classes. One of which left several young girls exposed to obscene imagery and lewd comments from two male strangers.

The BBC reports 39 children were in the conference call during the incident. The class was stopped immediately, but the men still managed to display the graphic imagery and ask the girls to “flash” them.

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Zoom responded to Singapore’s decision to ban the tool, but the damage was already done.

“We have been deeply upset to hear about these types of incidents,” a Zoom spokesperson told The BBC. “Zoom strongly condemns such behavior and we encourage users to report any incidents of this kind directly to Zoom so we can take appropriate action.”

Hopefully, Zoom can prevent these incidents from happening in the first place instead of asking users to report them after the fact. The company will only continue to face public backlash if it doesn’t get these problems under control.

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