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New York schools log out of Zoom, adopt Microsoft Teams amid threats


NEW YORK: In but any other setback for common video meeting app Zoom, New York City has banned its use for remote learning functions in schools till further review and update due to safety issues.

The town's Department of Education is transitioning schools to Microsoft Teams, which is assumed to have the "same capabilities with appropriate security measures in place," TechCrunch reported on Sunday.


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"Providing a safe and secure remote learning experience for our students is essential, and upon further review of security concerns, schools should move away from using Zoom as soon as possible," Danielle Filson, a spokesperson for the New York City Department of Education, used to be quoted as pronouncing.

"There are many new components to remote learning, and we are making real-time decisions in the best interest of our staff and students," Filson mentioned.

After schools in the town closed on March 16, Zoom's popularity as a tool enabling remote learning skyrocketed.

But the platform additionally began facing grievance as experiences of "Zoombombing" and other privateness problems began surfacing from different portions of the rustic.

"Zoomraiding" or "Zoombombing" refers to a kind of online harassment through which hate speech, pornography or other inappropriate content is unexpectedly flashed by way of disrupting a video name on Zoom.

Several schools in america earlier reported that unidentified individuals accessed classes carried out via Zoom.

A Massachusetts-based highschool reported that while a instructor used to be conducting an internet class using the teleconferencing tool Zoom, an unidentified person(s) dialed into the school room.


The common video meeting app courted any other controversy when safety researchers from Citizen Lab at University of Toronto discovered that that some Zoom calls have been routed via servers in China, along side conference encryption and decryption keys used to secure the ones calls.


Zooms Founder and CEO Eric Yuan has already apologized for the privateness and safety problems being reported in his app that has observed a surge in usage globally as other people earn a living from home all through lockdowns.


The New York City Department of Education "continues to review and monitor developments with Zoom," mentioned the spokesperson, including that it will update schools with any adjustments.




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