Zoom has found a way to outsource censorship of its video calls in China

The popular video-conferencing company Zoom may have hit upon a way to make sure its pandemic-fueled popularity in the US isn’t dented by the competing demand of complying with Beijing’s online censorship requirements—a few degrees of separation.

The San Jose, Calif.-based company, founded by Chinese-American entrepreneur Eric Yuan, on Monday (August 3) said it will stop selling its services directly to mainland China-based users, and instead offer its video call services via partner platforms in the country. Previously, the company had been offering direct corporate accounts, as well as working with partners.

“We are now shifting to a partner-only model with Zoom technology embedded in partner offerings, which will provide better local support to users in mainland China,” the company said in a statement. The decision will take effect from Aug. 23, after which users can still join Zoom meetings as participants but only via platforms operated by Zoom partners Bizconf Communications, Suirui Zhumu Video Conference and Systec Umeet.

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