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Zoom says China demanded to close activists’ accounts of the Tiananmen event

FILE PHOTO: A 3D printed Zoom logo is placed between small toy people’s figures and a keyboard in this illustration taken April 1

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(Reuters) – Zoom Video Communications Inc. (ZM.O) said on Thursday that the Chinese government called for the closure of four public meetings held on its video conferencing platform on June 4 to celebrate the 31st anniversary of China’s Tiananmen Square.

Zoom said it did not provide any user information or meeting content to the Chinese government and that it would not allow further inquiries from China to affect users outside the country.

“The Chinese government informed us that this activity is illegal in China and demanded that Zoom terminate the meetings and host accounts,” the company said.

The company’s statement here comes after it temporarily closed three accounts, one based in Hong Kong and two in the United States, after holding the event.

Zoom decided to close three of the meetings and temporarily suspend the host accounts as it currently cannot remove specific participants from a meeting or block participants from a particular country from joining a meeting, the company says.

Zoom said it left one of the four meetings “undisturbed” because it had no participants from China. It has now reintroduced the other three accounts that were originally suspended or terminated.

Reporting by Ayanti Bera in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath

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