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Zoom To Pay $85 Million Settlement Over ‘Zoombombings’

Close-up of hand of a man holding a Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone with app for teleworking and conference call company Zoom, Walnut Creek, California, March 11, 2020. Amid an outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus, many companies have advised employees to work remotely, leading to strong financial performance from telework companies. (Photo by Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

Videoconferencing company Zoom has agreed to pay an $85 million settlement over so-called ‘Zoombombing’.

‘Zoombombing’ refers to incidents where private Zoom chats would be bombarded by uninvited guests – who would disrupt the meeting with profanity, pornographic posts, or even racial slurs.

The class-action settlement means any user who subscribed to Zoom between March 2016 and now is eligible for payment – either $25 or 15% of the cost of your Zoom subscription.

The company also promises to improve security and encryption to better protect user data.

Were you ever ‘Zoombombed’?  How much does your workplace use videoconferencing?

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