Zoom, the popular yet infamous video conferencing platform, will be adding a feature that will allow users to report intrusive participants. This came as a response to the rising number of cases of ‘Zoom Bombing’ where uninvited individuals enter Zoom sessions to harass or prank members of the meeting.
The new feature is expected to arrive in an update scheduled to go live on 26 April 2020, according to the platform’s release notes. Account owners and admins will be able to enable a setting to allow the host to report participants, it added.
Reported users will be sent to the Zoom Trust and Safety team to evaluate any misuse of the platform and will issue them a ban if necessary. In regards to the new feature, Zoom Chief Product Officer Oded Gal also recommends users to screenshot the intrusion as it occurs, and adds that video recordings of Zoom meetings would also help to track uninvited participants.
With the recent lockdowns and restrictive movement orders issued to various countries around the world to curb COVID-19, more and more users have flocked to Zoom as means to communicate with loved ones or for work. The platform’s popularity and high traffic has inevitably made it a potential target for malicious attacks by hackers and the likes.