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Can Zoom Hosts Really See Your Private Messages?

One of the biggest winners of the pandemic has been Zoom, which is now enmeshed in workplaces and schools. But the transition to online classrooms and workspaces wasn’t without its hiccups, particularly rampant Zoom bombing and criticism over the platform’s lack of end-to-end encryption.

With college students bracing for another semester of online learning, another fear has bubbled up: that professors can read any direct message sent on the platform, even between two students. The story goes that after recording a class, professors (or anyone who hosts a meeting) receive a transcript that includes all messages sent. In the spring, a tweet about one student’s horror story went viral.

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