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Singapore stops teachers using Zoom app after 'very serious incidents'

Christian Fernsby |
Singapore has suspended the use of video-conferencing tool Zoom by teachers, its education ministry said on Friday, after 'very serious incidents' occurred in the first week of a coronavirus lockdown that has seen schools move to home-based learning.

Topics: SINGAPORE    ZOOM   

One of the incidents involved obscene images appearing on screens and strange men making lewd comments during the streaming of a geography lesson with teenage girls, according to local media reports.

“These are very serious incidents. MOE (Ministry of Education) is currently investigating both breaches and will lodge a police report if warranted,” said Aaron Loh of the ministry’s educational technology division, without detailing the incidents.

“As a precautionary measure, our teachers will suspend their use of Zoom until these security issues are ironed out.”

Loh said that they would further advise teachers on security protocols such as requiring secure log-ins and not sharing the meeting link beyond the students in the class.

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