The video conferencing application Zoom denied its link to China, which may be to evade any potential ban on one of its largest markets.
Last week, the Indian government banned 59 Chinese apps, including popular apps such as TikTok, Camscanner, WeChat, Shareit, and on the grounds of threatening the country’s “sovereignty and security”. The ban came amid increasing tensions between India and China following the military clash at the country’s northern borders.
Zoom, the United States-based video conferencing platform, has clarified that it is not a Chinese company. The company also declared its plans to invest heavily in India and hire local talent within the next five years.
Zoom observed a substantial increase in downloads during the lockdown and Covid-19 pandemic. In recent months, it has also had its fair share of security issues throughout the world, including India.
Since then, Zoom has been trying to convince people for its security and has made many changes to the platform.
In April, the Ministry of the Home Affairs issued a warning that Zoom is not a secure social media platform and also issued a series of guidelines for individual users regarding safety measures who may use the application for personal purposes.
Since then, Zoom has strengthened its security through various measures and acquired the identity management company Keybase in May to introduce end-to-end encryption on its platform.
The President of Zoom’s Engineering and Products, Velchamy Sankarlingam asserted that India is an essential market for Zoom. The company will endure investing in the company. The delusions about the Zoom app are disheartening, especially those that link Zoom with China.
Since the India-China tensions have increased over border issues, Zoom’s explanation comes over calls of the boycott of the platform, such as by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) ever.
We do observe that when we continue to introduce our products to the Indian market, the facts related to Zoom have been created some confusion. We hope to carry out work by clarifying the Zoom identity.
Zoom has cleared about its identity by saying Zoom is an American company, publicly traded on the NASDAQ, founded and headquartered in San Jose, California. Like many global multinational technology companies, Zoom has offices in China operated by subsidiaries of the American parent company.
Indian intelligence agencies have banned and red-flagged 59 Chinese applications due to national security issues. Zoom clarified its identity because the Zoom application also targeted as being a Chinese application on social media platforms.
Zoom wants to hire more talented Indians and expand its footprint in India. The company’s operations in India are reflected in its offices in Mumbai and two data centers. The company’s top executive and senior management staff are also from India like Aparna Bawa, the company’s chief information officer Sankarlingam, Chief Operating Officer Sunil Madan.
Sankarlingam further appended: “These characteristics are why many global technology companies, including my former employer VMWare, have chosen to invest in India as an important regional operations hub, and we hope to expand our services to reach 1.3 billion people in India. “
Zoom has been controversial on some of its servers in China, which are vulnerable to data breaches and are not safe for India as a communications platform. The company later said it would give paid users control over the data center through which their data passes. The company now looks forward to working with more stakeholders in India.
The company also declared that India is and will remain to be an important market for Zoom, and we are eager to build on the interesting opportunities seen in the region.