Zoom clarifies stance on links with China, says Indian government never called it unsafe

Zoom released a couple of statements on Monday in response to the ongoing chit-chatter allegedly linking the US-headquartered company with China. This comes only days after Zoom acknowledged that it had been open to impacting user accounts outside of mainland China (which means, virtually anybody) at the behest of the Chinese government until very recently. It doesn’t do that anymore, it also said recently. And, Zoom calls were until recently being “mistakenly” routed through China — for non-China users.

“There have been several media reports implying that the Zoom Video Communications Platform (Zoom) is a Chinese app. This is incorrect. Zoom is a US corporation, founded and headquartered in San Jose, California, and publicly traded on the NASDAQ. While we have subsidiaries in China and in many other parts of the world, like so many of our global peers, our operations and business are controlled by a leadership team in the US,” a Zoom spokesperson said in an email statement.

Zoom has given out this statement “specifically” in response to reports that the cloud-based video conferencing platform has been red-flagged by intelligence agencies in India, along with over 50 apps with links to China. The Government, as we speak, is said to be examining the risks involved with using these apps on a per app basis and while it hasn’t banned any of them yet, the possibility can’t be ruled out entirely. Things are looking darker for Zoom, in particular, since it has been in the Government’s radar for a while now. […]

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