Zoom’s crackdown on Chinese dissidents shows the price tech companies pay to operate in authoritarian countries (ZM)

Zoom on Thursday admitted that it closed user accounts and meetings meant to commemorate the Tiananmen Square massacre, after being asked by the Chinese government. It announced a new policy, to continue to enforce bans requested by China, but only for users physically inside the country, as opposed to earlier bans which had affected people elsewhere. Tech companies, like Facebook and Google, have long complied with authoritarian governments’ requests to take down politically sensitive content. Academics and activists warn that Zoom’s capitulation to China could threaten its foreign user base, and say it raises safety concerns for Chinese

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