‘Zoombombing’ disrupts online university class in the US

Washington: Saboteurs using "racist and vile language" infiltrated and disrupted online classes held by the University of Southern California, the school's president disclosed on Wednesday, the latest incident in a trend some have dubbed "Zoombombing."

A Work180 meeting over Zoom. Credit: Supplied

Zoom is a popular video-conferencing tool that many universities are using to help finish their semesters through remote teaching, after the coronavirus pandemic put a halt to in-person classes.

"We are sorry to report we learned today that some of our online Zoom classes were disrupted by people who used racist and vile language that interrupted lectures and learning," USC President Carol L. Folt told the university community in an email.

"We are deeply saddened that our students and faculty have had to witness such despicable acts."

USC, a private research university in Los Angeles, has about 47,000 students, including nearly 20,000 undergraduates. Folt praised faculty and students for shifting gears to remote learning.

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