Statement Condemning “Zoom-bombing” during April 2 Twp. Committee MeetingPosted on April 6, 2020
Dear Community Members,
With guidance and support from the state government, we moved our Township Committee meetings online to the Zoom platform in the middle of March. It is our desire to keep this as interactive a process as possible and thus we allowed commenting through the Zoom. Though this went very well for our March 19th meeting, our April 2nd meeting was marred by unknown person(s) who hijacked the platform to briefly display racist and sexually explicit content. Although we removed the abusive content and account as quickly as possible, we regret the distress this may have caused and want to express in the strongest terms that we do not tolerate racism or sexual harassment of any kind. It is a sad reality that these sorts of incidents are common as the scourge of prejudice and hatred persists even in the midst of a public health emergency. We would like the public to know that we are pursuing this matter through all possible legal avenues and have also updated our security protocols. Please be in touch if you have questions or concerns about this matter. This is part of a global problem that is occurring on the Zoom platform, as recently reported in the New York Times.
The Montgomery Township Committee
Mayor Sadaf Jaffer
Deputy Mayor Marvin Schuldiner