• Zoom Bombs: Buckles Before Pressure from Chi-Coms

    Surge Summary: American Communications Technology Company Zoom has shut down the account of a human rights group critical of China. Why this decision? They caved to pressure from the Chinese Communist Party.

    by Gary Bauer

    On May 31st, the U.S.-based group Humanitarian China held a Zoom meeting worldwide for human rights activists that featured former student leaders of the Tiananmen Square protests and the Tiananmen Mothers.  As the 31st anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre approached last week, Zoom shut down Humanitarian China’s account.

    Zoom is a U.S.-based company that also operates in China and has a research and development facility there with more than 700 employees.  But why did it shut down the Humanitarian China account?

    In response to criticism, Zoom issued a statement saying, “We aim to limit the actions we take to those necessary to comply with local laws.”  Well, whose laws would that be exactly?  Certainly not ours!  Zoom caved to pressure from the Chinese Communist Party.

    Zoom is now promising to “do better” in the future, but it bombed terribly in this case.

    The company has suffered from serious security problems.  The Pentagon banned its use after reports that some Zoom data was routed through China.

    Full disclosure:  As you know, I am one of nine commissioners who serve on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).  We meet frequently, but have not been able to meet in person due to Covid restrictions.  Like a lot of families and businesses, we have been using Zoom.

    Well, I and other commissioners are asking the USCIRF staff to give us a Plan B ASAP.  We have cited communist China as one of the world’s worst abusers of religious freedom, and we should not be using a platform that does the bidding of the Chinese Communist Party.

    The views here are those of the author and not necessarily Daily Surge.

    Originally posted here.

    Image: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/deed.en_US; Adapted from: http://www.speedofcreativity.org/2020/04/16/zoom-101-for-small-group-leaders/

    Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.

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