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Zoom allows China to monitor individual users

Zoom has made it clear that it is working on new features that will allow it to block users based on geographic location, and this comes after it recently recognized the suspension of three user accounts based in Hong Kong and the United States at the request of the Chinese government.

The company was widely criticized for suspending the accounts, which were hosting meetings to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre, and Zoom said in a post: It re-accounts and developed tools to allow targeted blockage.

The company added: “Zoom is developing the technology that will enable it to remove or prohibit at the level of participants based on the geographical location, and this will enable it to comply with the requests of local authorities when it determines that the activity on its platform is illegal within its borders.”

The announcement will aggravate fears that Zoom is satisfied with preventing and suspending users in order to comply with the Chinese government's wishes.

The platform said: The Chinese government informed it in May that four meetings to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre would take place, and the company decided to suspend the host accounts after it established that three of the meetings either contained a number of participants from China or were likely to do so.

Zoom explained that these accounts have since been restored, without taking any action against the fourth meeting, and according to the platform, they could not end the meetings even though they had the ability to block meeting participants based on their location.

She claims that this new feature can allow the meeting to take place outside China without the presence of any user from the country, which means that Zoom will not be obligated to remove the entire meeting, and the platform said: We will not allow the Chinese government's requests to influence anyone outside China.

Pro-democracy activists criticized the platform's willingness to comply with the requests of the Chinese government, and Wang Dan, one of the affected activists, told the Financial Times: Companies should not accept the requests of dictatorships, noting that he had since moved to use Google products in his calls to the web.