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Singapore teachers allowed to use Zoom again

Published: April 14, 2020 16:32:30 | Updated: April 24, 2020 18:03:51

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Singapore has lifted its suspension of the video conferencing app Zoom for teachers, reports BBC.

The ban came into effect last week after at least one lesson was hijacked by outsiders.

One mother said that, during her daughter's geography lesson, obscene images appeared on screen, before two men asked girls to "flash".

Zoom said it was "deeply upset" by the cases, but reminded teachers to protect sessions with a password and other security measures.

And, in a new statement today, the company said it had worked with Singapore's Ministry of Education since the incident, with three steps taken:

  1. Zoom has provided the MoE with control over educator accounts, allowing it to manage default security settings more consistently
  2. The MoE has centrally restricted features of Zoom that teachers can use, such as annotation, screen sharing, and whiteboard usage
  3. Teachers who have familiarised themselves with Zoom’s security features will have to submit a form to the MoE before they are allowed to carry out live lessons.

"Zoom is committed to providing educators with the tools and resources they need on a safe and secure platform," the firm said.


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