Zoom adds kick and report functionality to meetings

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When Zoom became the de facto solution for video conferencing back when work from home orders came down the line, trolls smelled chum in the water.

Before long, calls were being bombarded by trolls and worse as meeting details were leaked online or Zoom’s security failed to keep miscreants out.

On Monday Zoom announced two new security features that were bizarrely not a part of Zoom from the outset.

Those features are the ability to suspend participants and the ability for all participants to report others.

Meeting hosts or co-hosts will now be able to pause a meeting including in-meeting chat, screen sharing and other features to remove a participant.

Once “Suspend Participant Activities” has been activated the hosts or co-hosts will be asked if they would like to report a user and will be prompted to provide screenshots and additional details. The reported user will then be removed from the meeting and Zoom’s Trust and Safety team will be notified.

Hosts and co-hosts can now also allow other participants to report users but they won’t be able to pause the meeting.

At-risk notifier

While this next feature isn’t new per se, it does warrant mentioning.

The At-Risk Meeting Notifier scans social media and other websites for shared Zoom meeting links.

“When the tool detects a meeting that looks to be at high risk of being disrupted, it automatically alerts the account owner by email and provides advice on what to do. These steps could include deleting the vulnerable meeting and creating a new one with a new meeting ID, enabling security settings, or using another Zoom solution, like Zoom Video Webinars or OnZoom,” Zoom explained.

Should you get an email warning you that your meeting may be at risk it’s imperative that you take action.

These features are nice to have and with lockdowns being put back in place in several parts of the world, we’re sure these improvements will be welcomed by those meeting remotely.

[Source – Zoom]

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.