Zoom to temporarily lift the 40-minute meeting limit on Thanksgiving
Zoom has said it would raise its standard 40-minute limit on free video calls for Thanksgiving to make it easier for families to spend time virtually on vacation in the United States. The elimination of the forty minute limit for Zoom meetings will be in effect from midnight on Thanksgiving (November 26) until 6 am ET (4:30 pm IST) on November 27.
The 40-minute limit on Zoom will be removed globally, the company said in a ad On twitter. The temporary relaxation will be implemented for Thanksgiving “so your family reunions are not interrupted,” the post reads. The forty-minute time limit has been a major restriction on the platform during the coronavirus pandemic, forcing teams to restart calls after the stipulated time.
Many of Zoom’s competitors have imposed similar restrictions, including Google Meet (60 minute limit), and all providers charge more for business-level plans that remove the limit and expand the number of participants allowed.
Zoom shot to instant fame during the early days of the COVID-18 pandemic. The company claims it now has close to 300 million users, as offices around the world have asked their employees to work from home to limit exposure to the coronavirus. The company was also recently managed by regulators to strengthen its security in a proposed solution to allegations that the video conferencing service misled users about its level of security for meetings.