Zoom CEO says the company is American, not Chinese

In a recent blogpost, Eric Yuan, the CEO of Zoom refuted allegations of Zoom being a Chinese company.

(Source: Reuters) (Source: Reuters)

Zoom CEO, Eric Yuan in a blog post stated that his company is American and Chinese. The controversial video calling app is now facing allegations of having a Chinese link. Yuan in a blogpost refuted these allegations.

"Recently, questions have also been raised about Zoom and China. At first, this seemed to stem from a temporary misconfiguration in our global data center routing that we fixed. But outside of that isolated incident, in the past few weeks, we have seen disheartening rumors and misinformation cropping up," Yuan wrote.

He further gave a full account of his track history on the blog. He said that he became an American citizen in 2007 and has lived in America since 1997.

He also stated that Zoom is an American company, founded and headquartered in California, incorporated in Delaware, and publicly traded on NASDAQ

Yuan said that Zoom has operations and employees like other multinational technology companies in China. He said that these companies are operated by the subsidiaries of the US parent company.

"Our engineers are employed through these subsidiaries. We don't hide this. On the contrary, we disclose this type of information in our public filings, as appropriate. Our operations in China are materially similar to our U.S. peers who also operate and have employees there." Yuan wrote.

Earlier this month, Zoom acknowledged that it does not have more than 300 million daily active users, as it claimed earlier, The Verge reported.

Zoom gave out a clarifying statement after editing the numbers of active users to meeting participants. The difference between the two is significant, the report stated. Daily active users are counted once a day whereas meeting participants can be called multiple times a day depending on the number of times they use the video calling app.

Zoom later clarified saying that it unintentionally referred to participants as users and people.

Zoom has been criticised for its security issues. The app saw banning from various platforms who cited cyber-security issues. To name a few companies who did this were Google, SpaceX, and Standard Chartered. The government of Taiwan asked its agencies to not use Zoom and in the most recent move, the Government of India issued a security advisory citing that using Zoom is "not safe."

Zoom, however, brought in multiple features like setting meeting passwords and waiting rooms by default on the platform. Giving the account admin the ability to choose if their data is routed through specific data center regions, increasing password complexity, etc.