December 7, 2023

Jitsi Meet, the non-public and nameless different to Zoom, has simply killed off its hottest function: anonymity.

Jitsi Meet has been a preferred video conferencing possibility for journalists, activist, and plenty of others for whom nameless operation was a essential function. The service allowed customers to begin and be a part of video conferences with out requiring an account, an possibility that’s sadly disappearing, based on an organization weblog submit:

Beginning on August twenty fourth, we are going to now not assist the nameless creation of rooms on, and would require using an account (we shall be supporting Google, GitHub and Fb for starters however could modify the checklist in a while). It is a first for us, so customers could encounter a couple of bumps right here and there as we’re tweaking the expertise to ensure there’s as little friction as attainable on the way in which into a gathering.

8×8, the builders behind Jitsi Meet, say the choice is the results of vital abuse of the platform by unhealthy actors:

Earlier this 12 months we noticed a rise within the variety of studies we acquired about some folks utilizing our service in ways in which we can not tolerate. To be extra clear, this was not about some folks merely saying issues that others disliked.

Over the previous a number of months we tried a number of methods with the intention to finish the violations of our phrases of service. Nonetheless ultimately, we decided that requiring authentication was a vital step to proceed working

How does this affect consumer privateness on

It’s a good time to take a look at our privateness phrases. 8×8 will now retailer the account chargeable for creating rooms. Apart from the modifications to our privateness phrases referenced above, there isn’t any different change to our conferences. We’re nonetheless very a lot dedicated to holding consumer privateness within the highest regard and we nonetheless don’t have any instruments that might permit us to compromise the privateness of the particular audio or video content material of a gathering, nor will we intend to create any.

8×8 says customers that need to keep away from these modifications can nonetheless host their very own non-public occasion of Jitsi Meet.