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Zoom canceled meetings about the Tiananmen Square massacre anniversary and terminated host accounts following the demand of the Chinese government

Zoom has admitted that accounts of human rights activists were shut down as requested by the Chinese government. Any Zoom meeting will be blocked for Beijing claiming it illegal.

Zoom was blamed for disrupting or shutting down accounts of three activists who had online meetings related to the Tiananmen Square massacre anniversary or discussing the crisis in Hong Kong. The company said the Chinese government contacted them in May and early June after four Zoom meetings to commemorate the Tiananmen Square incident were publicized on social media.

China told Zoom that this activity was illegal in China and requested the company to stop the meetings and host accounts. The company stated that no one who is not invited can access to meeting as an invisible guest and no user information was leaked.

Zoom said the company did not have the right to block participants from other countries and so it only stopped three of the meeting and suspended or canceled the associated host accounts. As one of the meetings had no participants from China, the company did not terminate that meeting.

Lee Cheuk-Yan, a pro-democracy campaigner in Hong Kong who holds a yearly Tiananmen vigil, said it was shameful that Zoom surrendered to the Communist party. US lawmakers and human rights groups have criticized Zoom for limiting international human rights.

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