Covidiots: Zoombombers & racism mar #SomeGoodNews

Ammo Somal

Ammo Somal

Ammo is an engaging writer, researcher, and communicator, with a penchant for humor. Back in the UK, he worked in communications and creative for everything from insurance companies to video game festivals. Ammo’s skills as a content/multimedia coordinator have been honed through creating and managing content and planning multiple editorial ventures.

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Ok, Zoomer 


Famous historical figure Obi-Wan once said about Zoom:

“You were the Chosen One! It was said that you would destroy the COVID-19 isolation. Bring balance to the force, not leave it in darkness!”

But, alas, here we are. A whole host of privacy issues has brought COVID-19 darling Zoom, into question. The platform has seen record use because of people working from home or trying to keep in touch with friends and family. As a result, hackers have tried to exploit gaps in Zoom’s digital architecture to take part in “Zoom Bombing.” Zoom Bombing is basically when trolls gain access to private Zoom meetings and proceed to dump all sorts of filth and racist content.

It’s as if the trolls needed to offload all that disgusting content before the FBI raided their mother’s basements. Not that they need to worry. I don’t even think a medieval siege weapon could get through the ocean of empty Mountain Dew bottles and crumpled up Kleenex between their basement hovels and the rest of society.

Founder and CEO of Zoom, Eric S. Yuan, published a blog post apologizing for the recent lapse in privacy and offered a list of things that the company is doing to tackle the issue.

This is why we can’t have nice things. Thus, here are some tips to stay relatively safe if you’re going to stick with Zoom.

But don’t worry folks! Divert your attention to all of the fun zoom backgrounds for your conference calls. HAHAHAHA LOOK – IT’S THE SIMPSON’S COUCH! 

What were we talking about, again?

Finally, #SomeGoodNews


On top of directing one of my favorite horror movies of the 2010s, John Krasinski (made famous for his rise to fame as ‘Messenger No. 3’ in the 2004 movie, Taxi) is using COVID-19 to spread some much needed good news. His low-fi YouTube series (aptly titled Some Good News) features set design by his two young children and boasts guests such as his on-screen boss, Steve Carell, and his on-and-off screen wife, Emily Blunt.

It beats singing a tone-deaf (in both senses of the word) cover of ‘Imagine,’ like the celebs from my last roundup, which had me wishing that the real quiet place would be wherever the hell they were. The show features some uplifting and bright news in these troubling times.

…Not unlike how I want to uplift those celebrities and launch them into the bright sun.

Racism is also contagious


I think that looking back on a time like this, we’ll be judged by how we acted and how we treated others. The COVID-19 crisis has shown me two things:

  1. How dense we all live, physically
  2. How dense some people can really be

In my list of ‘things that shouldn’t have to exist, but do, and it makes me sad’ is this campaign by Admerasia that maps out all of the anti-Asian hate incidents, which have spiked since the outbreak. Oh, look – my lovely city of Toronto is one of the highlighted areas. 

Buckle your seatbelts, folks. I’m going in:

Those Neanderthals that cash in all four of their IQ points to carry out these verbal and physical attacks, how do you somehow manage to not forget how to breathe during the time it takes to go outside? What is the desired outcome, here? Are you hoping that the clouds part and the almighty Coronadragon comes down from the sky, thanks you for your brave humanitarian efforts, and instantly wishes away COVID-19? I don’t understand.

Since the moral issues of attacking innocent people based on their race escapes you, I’m going to assume that logical thinking is also outside of your grasp. So I’ll explain. If you’re so worried about COVID-19, how is attacking innocent people — and forcing them to call emergency services — going to alleviate any of the stress on our system? Or make you any safer?

Stay inside. Stop reading Fox news. Stop being ignorant. Be better.

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