An executive of the Chinese Zoom program was accused by the U.S. Department of Justice of coordinating with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to censor meetings on political and religious issues of users on U.S. soil, the Washington Examiner reported.
Zoom’s executive, Xinjiang Jin, who works from mainland China, coordinated with China’s Ministry of Public Security to spy on, collect information from users outside China, and even cancel meetings on topics the CCP considers “sensitive” such as the Tiananmen Massacre.
In June 1989, after months of protests in Tiananmen Square in Beijing by university students calling for the abolition of the communist system of government due to the country’s corruption and financial crisis, the CCP, led by Deng Xiaoping, declared martial law and sent military tanks to quite literally crush the students.
Jiang Zemin, the ideologist behind such a barbaric response, was later chosen to be the Party’s leader as a reward for his actions. He also later launched the genocidal campaign against 100 million Falun Gong practitioners, which continues today.
While in response to the CCP’s unbridled violence Europe and the U.S. imposed economic sanctions on China, the CCP was never fully prosecuted for this perverse act, even though at the time Westerners and some Chinese who witnessed the massacre managed to publish some photos of body parts on the square.
According to the Justice Department’s statement, Jin “responded to requests from the PRC government for information and to terminate video meetings hosted on Company-1’s [Zoom’s] video communications platform.”
In addition, “Jin and others terminated at least four video meetings hosted on Company-1’s networks commemorating the thirty-first anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, most of which were organized and attended by U.S.-based participants, such as dissidents who had participated in and survived the 1989 protests,” the statement said.
Since President Trump took office, this type of case has been seen very often, thanks to the president’s determination to end the communist dictatorship that previously committed unbridled evil in the face of the silence and inaction of the West.
Chinese companies including TikTok, Huawei, have also come under intense scrutiny because the CCP has used them to carry out its spying operations in the West under the disguise of private companies.
The Chinese executive’s modus operandi for canceling meetings was to defame users by fabricating evidence, accusing them of “terrorism” or distributing child pornography, and in the same effort collected their personal information for the CCP, which in turn threatened and intimidated their relatives in mainland China to silence them.
“Zoom is dedicated to the free and open exchange of ideas and supports the U.S. government’s commitment to protect American interests from foreign influence,” Zoom’s spokeswoman told the Washington Examiner.
However, as Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers noted, “No company with significant business interests in China is immune from the coercive power of the Chinese Communist Party. He added, “The Chinese Communist Party will use those within its reach to sap the tree of liberty, stifling free speech in China, the United States, and elsewhere about the Party’s repression of the Chinese people.”