Zoom drops time limit on Thanksgiving calls to help keep families connected

Home for the Holidays

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — Thanksgiving looks a lot different this year as the United States continues to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.

The Centers for Disease Control recommended Americans keep Thanksgiving small and, if possible, move it outdoors. They also urged people to avoid traveling and getting together with people outside their household.

Many families who are heeding those warnings on Thursday may be looking to make their holiday celebration virtual, and the video conference service Zoom is hoping to help.

Zoom announced earlier this month that it would drop its 40-minute time limit for calls on Thanksgiving so virtual family gatherings don’t get cut short.

The unlimited Zoom calls went into effect at 12 a.m. on Thanksgiving. The limit will be put back in place at 6 a.m. ET on Friday.

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