Oh lord no
Admin controls are, thankfully, here to save the day, with the ability to control whether the effects are accessible across an organization. They are off automatically for Google Workspace Education users, but on default for users on all other Google Workspace plan users, who get what they deserve.
The new effects are part of an extended fifteen day rollout that began on 21 December, so although you may think you’re safe, you’re not. Not really.
These bizarre and upsetting effects are at the extreme end of what Google Meet offers. There are also virtual backgrounds, allowing users to pretend to be working at the beach or in the midst of a blizzard, and even just basic blurs, allowing users to hide the clutter in their busy workrooms.
We’re not saying that the new filters are bad (they really are), it would just be best to be able to get through the Q4 revenue report meeting in a recession year without our bosses breaking the tension with some mandatory fun.
- Here’s our list of the best business webcams right now, but please use them responsibly
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