Get all the latest news on coronavirus and more delivered daily to your inbox. Sign up here.
However, the spike in users also showed the weaknesses in the platform, particularly with “Zoombombing,” when a hacker hijacks a video call.
In response, Zoom created a 90-day plan to strengthen its privacy, which included the acquisition of encryption startup Keybase on Thursday.
Here’s what else you need to know about Zoom.
What is Zoom?
Zoom is a video-conferencing app that allows people to collaborate across devices with audio and video.
Yuan was inspired to create Zoom because he hated traveling, he told Thrive Global in 2017.
“I first envisioned Zoom when I was a freshman in college in China and regularly took a 10-hour train ride to visit my girlfriend (who is now my wife),” he told the technology company. “I detested those rides and used to imagine other ways I could visit my girlfriend without traveling — those daydreams eventually became the basis for Zoom.”
How many people use Zoom?
Last week, Zoom announced it had reached 300 million active daily participants during the coronavirus -- up from 10 million daily participants a few months prior.
However, the announcement was a correction. Zoom had previously said it reached 300 million active daily users but corrected the “genuine oversight” a week later.
"We are humbled and proud to help over 300 million daily meeting participants stay connected during this pandemic,” the company said in a statement. “We want to be clear: this was first announced in our April 22 webinar as 300 million daily participants by our CEO Eric Yuan.”
How much does Zoom cost?
Zoom has several plans that users can purchase, but there is also a free basic version that limits calls to 40 minutes.
For longer calls and other improved features, plans cost $15 a month per host or $20 a month per host, according to the website.
How much money does Zoom make?
|ZM||ZOOM VIDEO COMMUNICATIONS, INC.||366.40||+19.90||+5.74%|