Lawmakers ask San Jose's Zoom to pick a side as it bans accounts linked to HK protest

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Lawmakers ask San Jose's Zoom to pick a side as it bans accounts linked to HK protest

Three Republican US lawmakers, Greg Walden, Cathy McMorris Rodgers and Josh Hawley, who had previously raised concerns on TikTok owner and the Chinese firm ByteDance, had asked the much-debated video conference service provider Zoom Video Communication Inc. to clarify its relationship with Beijing after the firm had told that it had suspended user accounts in order to meet demands of the Chinese Government.

As a matter of fact, the San Jose, California-based American communication technology company, Zoom Video Communications, whose user-based had surged by 300 million over the pandemic-led lockdowns despite ongoing safety concerns regarding its end-to-end encryption method, were met with sheer scrutiny after three activists from the United States and Hong Kong had claimed that their ‘Zoom’ accounts had been suspended and their meetings on an event related to the anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square crackdown had been disrupted.

Zoom suspends accounts on Chinese Government’s call

In factuality, while being asked over the issue, Zoom said on Friday that the American video conference provider had been contacted by the Chinese Government regarding these events and Beijing had asked Zoom to take actions in May and early June.

Besides, the San Jose-based software maker, Zoom, had also acknowledged that it had suspended two accounts in the United States and one account in Hong Kong adding that the deactivated accounts were reinstated and the company would not allow further requests from the Chinese Government that could impact users from other countries.

Meanwhile, as a Republican Senator Josh Hawley had asked Zoom Chief Executive Yuan to “pick a side” between United States and China, Zoom, unlike Facebook and Twitter, whose services were not blocked in China, said in a statement on Friday, “We did not provide any user information or meeting content to the Chinese government.

We do not have a backdoor that allows someone to enter a meeting without being visible”.