Long Arm of Chinese Government
After Zhou’s suspension became public, Zoom said it had to obey any laws in the jurisdictions it operates in.
In an updated statement to AFP on Thursday, Zoom said it was hosting “complex, cross-border conversations, for which the compliance with the laws of multiple countries is very difficult”.
“We regret that a few recent meetings with participants both inside and outside of China were negatively impacted and important conversations were disrupted,” it added.
The California-based company said it was “committed to modifying its processes to further protect its users from those who wish to stifle their communications” but declined to give further details.
PEN America, a group that defends free speech, said Zoom users outside of mainland China should not find themselves censored by Beijing.
“We wouldn’t tolerate it if a phone company cut off service for someone expressing their views in a conference call; we shouldn’t tolerate it in the digital space either,” CEO Suzanne Nossel said.
Earlier this week Zoom reported its earnings had soared in the quarter ending April 30 as both businesses and consumers, cooped up inside due to COVID-19 lockdowns, embrace the platform to meet virtually.