Zoom Hits Milestone on 90-Day Security Plan, Releases Zoom 5.0

With everyone from high schoolers to companies using Zoom as a primary medium during quarantine it was bound to run into some hiccups. So it is great to see that they are making improvements. In a post released on the Zoom official blog they stated:

“I am proud to reach this step in our 90-day plan, but this is just the beginning. We built our business by delivering happiness to our customers. We will earn our customers’ trust and deliver them happiness with our unwavering focus on providing the most secure platform,” said Eric S. Yuan, CEO of Zoom.

“When faced with questions over security and privacy, Zoom reacted quickly and very publicly to the challenges, including their CEO holding weekly public security briefings,” notes Wayne Kurtzman, IDC Research Director for Social, Communities, and Collaboration. “Zoom was also quick to take actions on changing the defaults that helped address meeting privacy concerns, as well as setting a 90-day plan for deeper actions, and communicating it publicly.”

Whatever you are your team are using, whether it be Zoom, Slack, Google Hangouts, or Microsoft Teams, be vigilant about sharing the Meeting ID # and the Meeting password to ensure security!

Facebook and Amazon Lead Big Tech Lobbying in The First Quarter

Facebook and Amazon led the Big Tech companies in lobbying spend during the first quarter of 2020, according to an article from CNBC. Facebook’s lobbying spend was up 19% from last quarter to $5.3 million, while Amazon spent 3% more than last quarter at $4.3 million.

According to the CNBC article:

“Filings for Facebook, Apple and Amazon all mentioned that part of their efforts were related to issues around Covid-19. Amazon lobbied the federal government on issues related to combating price gouging and false claims about the virus as well as issues related to the federal stimulus bill.

Facebook and Apple’s filings only mention that they lobbied on issues related to the coronavirus response. Microsoft also lobbied on the stimulus bill.” As Covid-19 continues to be a very serious problem, Facebook has ramped up their efforts to stop the spread of misinformation on the topic.

However, according to the Wall Street Journal, “Posts on Facebook are promoting bogus Covid-19 cures and conspiracy theories about the origins of the coronavirus, despite efforts by the social-media giant to crack down on misinformation, a watchdog group says. 

It’s more important now than ever that quality and correct information is circulating on platforms such as Facebook.