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Zoom grows to 300 million meeting participants despite security backlash

Zoom grows to 300 million meeting participants despite security backlash


People continue to turn to Zoom to keep connected during the pandemic

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Zoom has hit the headlines recently for a growing number of security and privacy concerns, but that doesn’t seem to have stopped people from flocking to the video conferencing app. Zoom has now revealed that it has surpassed 300 million daily Zoom meeting participants. That’s up 50 percent from the 200 million the company reported earlier this month, and a huge jump from the 10 million back in December.

Zoom does say the figures are daily meeting participants, which would count the same person five times if they attend five Zoom meetings in a day. However, in the same blog post Zoom says it has “more than 300 million daily users” and that “more than 300 million people around the world are using Zoom during this challenging time.” That statement was later corrected on April 29th, saying the use of “users” and “people” was an oversight.

A new Zoom 5.0 update is rolling out this week

Either way, more people are using Zoom despite the security and privacy concerns that have been raised recently. Zoom has implemented a 90-day feature freeze, and the company is releasing Zoom 5.0 this week to address some of the concerns. Zoom 5.0 includes passwords by default, improved encryption, and a new security icon to control meetings.

Zoom’s growth continues unabated as more people are turning towards the service to keep connected during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. British lawmakers even broke from 700 years of tradition in the Houses of Parliament yesterday by introducing Zoom-powered video links. 120 Members of Parliament can join through a Zoom call, while another 50 are allowed to be physically present in the chamber.

Update April 30th, 2:50AM ET: Story updated after Zoom corrected its original article. Zoom originally referred to meeting participants as “users” and “people,” calling it an oversight on their part.