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Zoom opens up unlimited call time to help lockdown loneliness

23 December 2020 - 06:00 By kgaugelo masweneng
Zoom meetings will soon be able to go on for longer than the current 40 minutes. File image.
Zoom meetings will soon be able to go on for longer than the current 40 minutes. File image.
Image: Loren Elliot/Reuters

Digital meeting platform Zoom has opened up unlimited meeting times for the festive season.

In an effort to fight loneliness brought by the coronavirus pandemic, Zoom announced that it will not be capping meeting lengths to the current 40 minutes.

Zoom has partnered with the Together campaign, a UK coalition of charities, private organisations and interfaith institutions that aim to help build a kinder and more connected society in the aftermath of Covid-19.

“This Christmas will be like no other, as many of us will be cut off from friends and family, just when we need them the most. However, this Christmas is also an opportunity to come together as a community, as many did at the beginning of the pandemic, to rekindle the spirit of looking after one another,” said Zoom.

The pandemic has left many feeling isolated and lonely, as social contact with friends and family became an impossibility for many across the world — with loneliness posing a real risk to mental and physical health.

“At the same time, these unprecedented times have brought out the best in communities, with many people volunteering to help those at risk and going the extra mile to support each other,” said Zoom.

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