DESPITE concerns over security and privacy violations, Zoom has recently reported it has surpassed 300 million daily meeting participants.
“We are thrilled and honoured to continue to earn the trust of so many enterprises, hospitals, teachers and customers throughout the world,” chief executive officer Eric Yuan said in a webinar joined by over 5,900 attendees.
This marked a 50 per cent raise from the previous 200 million users in March.
This astonishing rise also shows a significant growth for Zoom, considering it had just 10 million users by the end of 2019.
While the global society is gradually adjusting to 'the new normal', Zoom has been considered a staple mode of communication for many users from various walks of life, mainly for school and work purposes. READ: Meet Eric Yuan, the man who made your Zoom meetings possible READ: Singapore stops teachers using Zoom app after 'very serious incidents'
This video conferencing app has risen to prominence as a result of social distancing policies implemented by many countries around the world in an effort to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This number includes both paid and unpaid users who has logged on the app and joins a meeting.
Earlier, the company has implemented a ‘90-day feature freeze
’ and promised to address the privacy and security concerns.
The concerns include cases of Zoombombing
, hackers, stolen accounts and sharing of users' personal data. READ: Zoom shares slip over security concerns, rising competition
In a recent comeback or Zoom 5.0, the videoconferencing app has rolled out several upgrades in regards to the numerous complaints filed by users.
Among others, there is now a security icon that groups together a number of Zoom’s security features.
Users can use the feature to lock meetings, remove participants and restrict screen sharing and chatting in meetings.
Zoom is also now enabling passwords by default for users, and IT admins can define the password complexity for Zoom business users.
Zoom’s waiting room feature is also now on by default for basic, single-license Pro, and education accounts.
This feature allows a host to hold participants in a virtual room before they’re allowed into a meeting.