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Church sues after someone ‘Zoom-bombs’ bible study with porn

A California church is suing Zoom Video Communications after a bible study held by parishioners was ‘Zoom-bombed’ by pornographic images, The Christian Post reports.

A “known offender” hijacked the video bible study by disabling other accounts and posting what the Post called “disturbing pornographic videos” during the May 6 bible study.

The suit was filed by Saint Paulus Lutheran Church of San Francisco this Wednesday.

“Zoom uses data-mining tools to collect users’ personal information and shares it with third parties without users’ consent,” the complaint reads. “Zoom allows these third parties to use such personal information to target users with advertisements. Zoom also fails to implement proper security measures to protect users’ privacy and secure their videoconferences. As a result, ‘Zoombombing’ by uninvited participants has become frequent.”

“At this turbulent time of a pandemic, the importance of the sanctity of Saint Paulus cannot be overstated,” the complaint continues. “But Zoom – a multibillion-dollar tech giant experiencing exponential growth as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic – violated this sanctity.”

In an email to The Christian Post, a representative from Zoom said that the company is “deeply upset” about the incident and has “identified the offender” and “taken action to “block their access to the platform and reported them to relevant authorities.”

Thanks to the increase in groups using Zoom, there has been an uptick in “zoom-bombing.”

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