Fil-Am students fall victim to 'Zoombombing'

Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 16 2020 06:43 PM

SAN DIEGO, California - A group of Filipino-American students became the target of Zoombombers while they were holding a virtual meeting using Zoom technology amid the pandemic.

The San Diego State University’s Andres Bonifacio Samahan Club was holding a candidate meeting to elect its officers when a group of Zoombombers crashed the meeting and unleashed profanities and racial slurs.

“We sit silent not only to prevent any reaction but out some mix of shock, anger, confusion, and maybe most of all fear, fear that we were being violated and degraded in our homes and I hope no one else experiences that," said Julian Natividad.

In an Instagram message to fellow students, Natividad said many of the students were traumatized by the experience.

Last month, The Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council began tracking hate crimes and incidents against Asian Americans in California, and in the first week since its launch, some 1,100 cases have been reported.

With this virtual attack, AB Samahan said it will take a stand.

"We will press on, AB Samahan will not be let down because we will not be put down. We will no longer be the silent majority," it said.

With the “Zoombombing” phenomenon on the rise, Zoom has encouraged users to take extra security steps when meeting. In the meantime, SDSU has also issued a statement standing in solidarity with the AB Samahan Club.

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