Zoom video conferencing app addresses privacy issues amid FBI scrutiny
Aileen Cerrudo • April 3, 2020 • 1030
The video conferencing app, Zoom, has announced they are already addressing the privacy and security issues raised by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) due to ‘Zoombombing’ reports.
In a statement, Zoom Founder and CEO Eric Yuan said the company acknowledges the reports of users regarding privacy issues, saying these reports would help make the company better for its customers.
“Dedicated journalists and security researchers have also helped to identify pre-existing ones. We appreciate the scrutiny and questions we have been getting – about how the service works, about our infrastructure and capacity, and about our privacy and security policies,” he said.
The FBI said they received several reports in the United States that there has been an incident of ‘Zoombombing’ or video conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language.
“Our chief concern, now and always, is making users happy and ensuring that the safety, privacy, and security of our platform is worthy of the trust you all have put in us,” Yuan said. AAC
British media personality Piers Morgan called Filipino nurses in the United Kingdom (UK) as “unsung heroes” in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) fight.
During the “Good Morning Britain” broadcast on Tuesday (April 7), Morgan lauded the contribution of Filipino workers, and other immigrant workers, to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).
He gave a shoutout to some of these workers saying, “amazing number of Filipinos working at NHS and unsung heroes.”
“These are the immigrants currently saving people’s lives, coming here and enriching our country and doing an amazing job. Thank you to all Filipinos who are here doing an amazing work and to every other immigrant working at NHS,” Morgan said.
The media personality also hoped that people in the United Kingdom will have “a different feeling about what immigration has done for the country.” AAC
A bus driver in the United States (US) died 11 days after he posted a video on Facebook complaining about a coughing passenger.
50-year-old Detroit bus driver Jason Hargrove posted a video on March 21 recounting an incident where an woman in her late fifties coughed several times without covering her mouth.
“I feel violated, I feel violated for those folks that was on the bus when this happened,” he said on his video.
He also advised everyone watching the video to take the pandemic seriously.
He reiterated his anger to the old woman who coughed without covering her mouth saying it was those kinds of people who are not taking the situation seriously.
“This is real, I’m out here. We are all here. We are moving in this city back and forth, trying to do our jobs and be professional about what we do,” he said.
“We’re out here as public workers, doing our job, trying to make an honest living to take care of our families. But for you to get on the bus, and stand on the bus, and cough several times without covering up your mouth, and you know that we’re in the middle of a pandemic, that lets me know that some folks don’t care.”
A week after his Facebook rant, Hangrove, a father of six, died on April 1 due to complications from COVID-19.
His video has already been viewed more than half a million times. Netizens are also rallying for the frontliners amid the COVID-19 pandemic. AAC
Two students in Germany launched a clever campaign to keep people, especially movie geeks, from going outdoors amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Art director Seine Kongruangkit and copywriter Matithorn Prachuabmoh Chaimoungkalo, from the Miami Ad School Europe, used people’s aversion to spoilers as inspiration in creating fake ads of popular Netflix shows.
Insight: People try hard to stay away from spoilers to their favourite show.
Idea: We discourage people from going out by putting up billboards filled with spoilers from Netflix Originals in gathering spaces.
“If the virus doesn’t stop you from going out, these spoilers will,” according to the description of the campaign ad.
The said campaign immediately went viral on social media with some thinking it is a good idea to keep people safe inside their home.
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