Popular video conferencing app, Zoom has been facing privacy and security concerns which has tried to put-off the privacy-related fallacies but has failed to convince security advocates. Earlier this month, Zoom claimed that it has 300 million daily active users on its platform, which stunned many with its seller growth.
Now the company has admitted that it doesn’t have 300 million daily meeting participants. The Zoom blog from April 22, in which the video conferencing app announced a 50% jump in users over three weeks. But, the company has now silently edited the number to surpass “300 million daily zoom meeting participants” instead of “more than 300 million daily users”.
Both statements by the company look quite the same but there is a big difference. Daily active users (DAU) are unique while daily meeting participants can be counted multiple times. For your better understanding, if a participant attends six video conferences on Zoom in a particular day, Zoom will count him/her as one DAU and five daily meeting participants for today.
Zoom has apologized for the error. In a statement, the company said that “In a blog post on April 22, we unintentionally referred to these participants as “users” and “people.” When we realized this error, we adjusted the wording to “participants.” This was a genuine oversight on our part.”
Earlier this month, shareholders of Zoom slapped the company with a class action suit. They accused the video conferencing app of overstating its privacy standards and hiding that its service was not end-to-end encrypted. On Wednesday, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) warned the Zoom app users that the video-conferencing application is not safe for usage. “Zoom is not a safe platform,” the Cyber Coordination Centre (CyCord) of the ministry of home affairs said in a new 16-page advisory.