Video incidents hit online meetings

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SNP adviser Alex Nicoll’s mic blunder is far from the first incident to occur during an online meeting.

Mr Nicoll – seemingly unaware he was not mute – said other speakers could “be bored for Scotland” at a meeting of Aberdeen’s community planning board.

The incident saw the head of the council, Jenny Laing, call on the head of the SNP group to step down from his leadership position.

Other online events, which have become much more common due to the Covid-19 pandemic, have also been inadvertently disrupted.

“Streaker” destroys community council meeting

Earlier this year a meeting of the Inshes and Milton of Leys community council in Inverness was plunged into chaos when a discussion about a new housing estate was interrupted by a naked man.

The streaker appeared in front of the camera at the end of the meeting, having it turned off for the duration.

Although the community council did not see the man’s face well, they believed he was a man in his late 30s or early 40s.

The host of the community council meeting reportedly crossed the screen away from the camera, with his back to the screen at all times.

In December, a city council meeting that descended into chaos – with councilors exchanging slurs and ultimately fired from the Zoom call – became an unlikely internet sensation.

And last month, a woman working for a furniture company in California fell from her chair after she broke during a meeting with her CEO, leaving her colleagues in deep trouble.


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