has a new security feature in
in which it will automatically block anonymous users from attending Google Meet video chats. This will prevent ‘
’ on the platform where any one with the link to the meeting could join and disrupt an online class. For those unaware, students forward public links of their online class to random people inviting them to join their classroom and disrupt them by cracking jokes or abusing teachers so that the classes get cancelled. This trend was observed in Zoom meetings first and thus the term ‘zoombombing’ was created.
In order to protect online classrooms from such intrusions, Google Meet will not allow users who have not signed into a Google account to join meetings organised by anyone with a
for Education or G Suite Enterprise for Education license. This will prevent participants from sharing a link publicly to encourage anonymous users to request access.
This security feature will be turned on by default. “There is no admin for this feature. G Suite for Education admins can request to have this feature disabled to allow anonymous participants to join Google Meet calls by contacting G Suite support to request an exception,” said Google in an official blog post.
Meanwhile, Google has started rolling out its AI-based noise cancellation feature for Google Meet users in India. When users have enabled noise filtering, they will still be able to capture audio from screen sharing as the noise cancellation filters out noises that don’t sound like voices. However, on the downside, voices from TV or people talking at the same time won’t be filtered out.
This feature is currently available to G Suite Enterprise, G Suite Enterprise for Education, and G Suite Enterprise Essentials accounts and there is no word if it will be made available for non-commercial Google Meet users or not. As of now, Google Meet users can use this feature on the web only, however, the company says that it is coming soon for mobile users.