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Zoom opens plat­form for paid events, fol­low­ing Face­book

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New York, US - The fast-grow­ing on­line video app Zoom said it would open its plat­form to paid events to help per­form­ers, teach­ers and oth­ers mon­e­tize their ac­tiv­ity.

The an­nounce­ment of the new service called OnZoom comes af­ter a sim­i­lar ini­tia­tive by Face­book to help peo­ple and groups un­able to hold in-per­son events be­cause of pan­demic re­stric­tions.

"The dif­fi­cult pe­riod we are go­ing through has taught us that it's pos­si­ble to work re­motely," said Zoom founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive Eric Yuan, who an­nounced the new service at the com­pany's Zoom­topia con­fer­ence.

"The fu­ture of com­mu­ni­ca­tions will be a hy­brid of the best phys­i­cal and vir­tual prac­tices."

OnZoom will al­low users to host and mon­e­tize events like yoga classes, con­certs, com­edy shows and mu­sic les­sons, ac­cord­ing to the com­pany which has seen a surge in us­age since the start of the pan­demic.

"We were hum­bled and in­spired by all of the amaz­ing ways the world adapted to a lit­eral shut­down of in-per­son events,"

Zoom prod­uct man­ager Aleks Sw­erd­low said.

Among those par­tic­i­pat­ing in the beta launch are WW (formerly Weight Watch­ers); which will host vir­tual work­shops, and Life Rolls, which spe­cial­izes in adap­tive surf and skate events for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties.

The OnZoom service, which is be­ing launched in the US mar­ket ahead of a wider roll­out, will al­low for paid or free tick­ets, with an op­tion to do­nate some of the pro­ceeds to phil­an­thropic or­ga­ni­za­tions. For the ini­tial launch pe­riod, Zoom said it would take no com­mis­sion on ticket sales.

The com­pany said sep­a­rately it would be­gin al­low­ing de­vel­op­ers of third party apps for col­lab­o­ra­tion and pro­duc­tiv­ity to in­te­grate into Zoom un­der an ini­tia­tive called Zapps. Ini­tial apps in­clude the on­line ed­u­ca­tion plat­form Cours­era and the polling app Sur­vey­Mon­key.

Zoom has seen a 650 per cent surge in its share price this year, and says it now hosts an av­er­age of more than 300mn users daily in­clud­ing 125,000 schools.

In re­sponse to se­cu­rity con­cerns raised over Zoom in re­cent months, the com­pany said it would be­gin a test roll­out of endto-end en­cryp­tion. "We an­nounced in May our plans to build an end-to-end-en­crypted meet­ing op­tion into our plat­form, on top of Zoom’s al­ready strong en­cryp­tion and ad­vanced se­cu­rity fea­tures," said Zoom's chief se­cu­rity en­gi­neer Max Krohn.

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Zoom founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive Eric Yuan

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