This Zoom trick would have saved swearing politician’s blushes

I seem to be living my life on Zoom so have got used to some of the foibles. My top tips: 1) Set your defaults to join all meetings with Mic and Camera off; 2) Use the “Press Spacebar to unmute” feature so you know when others can hear you; 3) Always use a password (it’s the default now) and consider using a waiting room so you can vet who’s allowed in. Here’s Graham’s take on the whole thing…:

As BBC News reports, Welsh health minister Vaughan Gething made a schoolboy error while on a Zoom call earlier today.

Jenny Rathbone, a member of the National Assembly for Wales, had been asking questions about the Welsh Government’s Coronavirus response.

Off-camera, Mr Gething could be heard muttering, clearly unaware that his words were being broadcast to everyone attending the conference call:

“What the f*** is the matter with her?”

The minister’s fellow politicians were left open-mouthed, laughing, and – in some cases – covering their faces in embarrassment for him.

The Zoom meeting quickly came to an end, and Ms Rathbone stood up and walked off camera.

It’s the kind of awkward incident which is probably being repeated time and time again around the world as people find themselves using video-conferencing apps to do business as the Coronavirus pandemic prevents face-to-face meetings.

The good news is, it’s an easy problem to fix.

Zoom has a “Push to Talk” feature which ensures that your microphone remains muted throughout your online meeting. If you do want to speak, you simply hold down the space bar to temporarily unmute yourself.

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Original article here