Zoom is apparently one of the most popular video conferencing applications globally. But right after the ban on 59 Chinese apps by the Indian government, the video app company had to start reminding people all across the globe that it doesn’t hail from China but America.
It all started with a forward on WhatsApp that had a list of 40 apps including Zoom pointing towards the fact that China is making huge amounts of money through these apps. Mr. Velchamy Sankarlingam, Zoom’s president of product and engineering, called this identity crisis disheartening and stated that Zoom has always been clear about its identity and it belongs to the United States, publicly traded on the NASDAQ. It was founded and headquartered in San Jose, California.
Zoom has an office in China just like many other global tech companies where it is operated by subsidiaries of the U.S. parent company but that doesn’t make it a Chinese company. Does it? The forward demanded to uninstall all these 40 apps including Zoom. It was followed by a number of alternatives to the app presented by local competitors that came out just like a pigeon from the magician’s hat. The most popular being JioMeet which was criticized for being a low standard copy of Zoom.