Did you know that Zoom's group messaging feature isn't private?
This is a public service announcement.
Although it's definitely funny, this isn't just the chance to have a laugh at a comical mistake by one student who learnt the hard way, it could probably help a lot of people out in the future, so take note.
Zoom has become a favoured video call service for many amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and it's particularly been of good use to the world of work and for lectures/classes at schools and universities. After the closing of her university, student Faith (@bryantfaith_) began taking online lectures and had been messaging her friends using Zoom's group messaging feature during to pass the time.
She made one huge oversight though - these messages were not private and her professor could actually read them too.
In a now viral video originally created for Tik Tok and re-posted on Twitter, Faith revealed the email she had received from her professor after class, which read: "Dear Faith, I am reaching out to inform you that I can see everything you write in the chat discussion."
"My class session is not the appropriate time to be sending messages like 'I'm a bougie a**, rachet a**, freak b***h...'
"It's very disruptive to the class and I do NOT condone this kind of behaviour during my lectures. I strongly advise you to keep the inappropriate comments to yourself from now on or else it will jeopardise your final grade for this course."
I didn’t know my professor could view my “private” convos on zoom🤡 pic.twitter.com/ntx6any5Kw— Faith (@bryantfaith_) April 24, 2020
In a follow up tweet, she admitted to having to clear matters up with her professor and also had this to say to her fellow students, as well as anyone else who may go on to make the same mistake: "To my fellow college students - Apparently, your professors have the power to enable all convos on Zoom."
"I also had multiple professors quoting my tweet to confirm it."
"Y’all might as well send your sorry email before they confront you and yes I apologised to that lady."
The hilarious video has understandably gone viral across social media amassing around 2.3 million views on Twitter and over 200k retweets, likes and comments from others sharing similar experiences and claiming they had also figured this out the hard way too.
So, if you're making use of Zoom's group messaging feature, bear this in mind next time and don't let it add to the ever-growing list of video call blunders that seem to be cropping up on the internet here, there and everywhere at the moment.
You have been warned.