Zoom an American company, not Chinese, says app's India head

Mumbai: Zoom Video Communications India head said he was “shocked” at the resemblance between recently-launched video-conferencing app JioMeet and Zoom app. He said there have been a “lot of discussions internally” on pursuing a legal route.

“We knew it was coming. It’s fine, it is not the first time Zoom has faced competition. Our strength has been our products and technology, and our focus is on customers. What our competitors do is their strategy,” Sameer Raje, India head for Zoom Video Communications, told ET. When asked for his reaction to the similarities between the two apps, Raje said he was “shocked,” adding, “What our competitors do is their strategy… In my all-hands meet, I told my team, it doesn’t matter how an individual or a corporate reacts to what the competition is doing.”

On the possibility of a lawsuit against JioMeet, Raje said there have been a “lot of discussions internally. I would not like to comment on this because it is a matter for my legal team to look into it. I will leave it to them.”

The popular video calling app is also trying to clear misconceptions that it is of Chinese make, and has been in touch with the government over three months on how it runs its platform and does not store data outside the country.

“It is not a question of being worried, but it is a question of putting the truth out there because we believe there is a lot of misinformation. People feel Zoom is of Chinese origin and we share data with the neighbouring country, etc. We are an American company and we do not share data with any government,” said Raje. “We have two data centres in India; people tend to forget that.”

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On Twitter, two days ago, the app highlighted that it is a US-based firm.

”We work with law enforcement agencies and we have been sharing details with the Government of India. If there is any issue –with children using the platform and with cyber crime going up by 600%, we work very closely with the law enforcement agencies to help bring offenders to book,” said Raje.


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