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Google Meet catches up to Zoom in banning disruptive attendees

By Ken Wong - on 25 Oct 2021, 11:05am

Google Meet catches up to Zoom in banning disruptive attendees

Being able to mute all was rolled out earlier. Image source: Google.

In its latest update, Google Meet has caught up to Video conferencing rivals Zoom in allowing meeting hosts to silence disruptive participants and remove them from the discussion.

Making the announcement in a Google Workspace blog post, Google said that this follows on from an earlier enhancement where meeting hosts could mute everyone all at once in Google Meet on desktops/laptop devices.

With this upgrade, participants can’t unmute themselves after they're muted. In addition, their video locks will also remain on.

Once muted, only the host can unmute participants. Image source: Google.

This will apply to any breakout rooms that are created after the restrictions are applied. However, locks applied in a breakout room affect the main meeting or any other breakout room.

Participants using versions of Google Meet that don’t support audio and video locks will be removed from the meeting if the host or co-host turns on either of the locks and told to upgrade their versions of the app.

The feature is being rolled out now to what Google calls “Rapid release domains” ahead of a gradual rollout starting in November.  

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