After facing critism from civil rights groups, video conferencing platform Zoom announced that it will offer end-to-end encryption to all users – not just for its’ paying customers as initially planned.

The feature will launch in July. Hosts will have to manually turn it on and free users will be required to sign up with a phone number for sms verification.

Zoom has seen substantial growth as the pandemic took hold – forcing many activities such as work and education to move online.

The service had previously advertised itself as having supported end-to-end encryption which was later found not to be true in a report by The Intercept.

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