According to a post on the Google Workspace blog, Google Meet hosts will soon be able to switch off participants’ microphones or cameras and prevent them from turning them back on. The feature could be handy for meeting presenters to discourage disruptive or boisterous visitors from interrupting sessions even after they have been muted.
The microphone and camera lock feature will be off by default; hosts will have to turn it on during meetings if they want to use it. If your meeting has breakout rooms, any audio and video locks made in the main will apply to those, too. Those locks applied in individual breakout rooms won’t apply to other breakout rooms or the main room.
All Google Workspace customers will have access to the feature, which began rolling out for users on the Rapid Release tracks on Thursday. It will start rolling out for those on the Scheduled Release track on November 1st.