January 25, 2022

Report: “‘Zoombombing’: When Video Conferences Go Wrong”

Update March 28, 2020 Racist ‘Zoombombing’ at Virtual Synagogue (via BBC)

UPDATE March 27, 2020 Zoom Removes Code That Sends Data to Facebook (via Motherboard)

UPDATE March 25, 2020 Zoom iOS App Sends Data to Facebook Even if You Don’t Have a Facebook Account (via Motherboard)

UPDATE March 26, 2020 ‘Zoombombing’ Attacks Disrupt Classes (via IHE)

UPDATE March 25, 2020 Zoom Calls Aren’t as Private as You May Think. Here’s What You Should Know. (via Consumer Reports) ||| What You Should Know About Online Tools During the COVID-19 Crisis (via EFF)


From The New York Times:

On Friday, the journalists Kara Swisher (a contributing writer for the Opinion section of The New York Times) and Jessica Lessin hosted a Zoom event focused on the challenges women tech founders face. They were forced to abruptly end the event after just 15 minutes of conversation because a participant began broadcasting the shock video “2 Girls 1 Cup.”

“Our video call was just attacked by someone who kept sharing pornography + switching between different user accounts so we could not block them,” Ms. Lessin tweeted, adding that she and Ms. Swisher would reschedule an audio-only version of the event.

Zoom has seen a sharp rise in use over the past few weeks. On Sunday nearly 600,000 people downloaded the app, its biggest day ever, according to Apptopia, which tracks mobile apps. The company is currently valued at $29 billion.

But the platform was built as an enterprise technology tool, not a consumer social tool. As such, the company was not prepared to moderate user behavior as other social networks do.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.