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Zoom rolls out update following spate of ‘Zoombombings’

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The video-chatting app Zoom has introduced new security and privacy controls after a series of meetings were disrupted by strangers.

On Tuesday, it was announced that at least three Zoom meetings had been infiltrated by people sharing footage of children being sexually abused.

Meetings held by Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous have also been targeted recently. In both cases, strangers joined sessions unexpectedly and shouted slurs and threats at participants.

The issue has grown to such an extent that the term 'Zoombombing' has entered regular use.

Zoom has now released an update, Zoom 5.0, in an effort to make the platform more secure.

The company says the newest version includes encryption and additional privacy controls, updates that are part of a 90-day plan to improve security on the platform.

Zoom 5.0 will allow hosts to “report a user” to Zoom with a new security button and the app now defaults users to a “waiting room” feature, which requires participants to be approved to enter a meeting. All meetings will now require a password to enter.

“I am proud to reach this step in our 90-day plan, but this is just the beginning,” Eric Yuan, the company’s chief executive officer, said of the update. “We will earn our customers’ trust and deliver them happiness with our unwavering focus on providing the most secure platform.”

Zoom has grown massively since countries around the world went into lockdown, with its user base expanding from 10 million to 300 million.

Children and young people are among those using it, both for education and keeping in touch with friends. We've published a full Parents' Guide to the platform here.

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