Zoom, the video conference app, has emerged as a saviour during the lockdown. How else would you take part in work meetings and online classes? It is particularly useful because you can keep the front camera on your laptops and desktops turned off if you're not dressed appropriately enough for a work meeting, or may be you're just not feeling it.
But turns out, that's the ONE thing people keep forgetting.
In yet another case of a Zoom meeting gone awry, a government official in the Philippines was caught having sex with his secretary during a regular virtual session, the media reported.
According to a report in the Sun on Thursday, the incident came to light as the official, Captain Jesus Estil of the Fatima Dos village council in the province of Cavite, appeared to be unaware that his camera was on.
Footage shows that the person had sex in a far corner of the room while the meeting was on.
Before engaging in the actual act, Estil approached the device in what appeared to be an attempt to turn off the camera.
The call that took place on August 26 was reportedly part of a regular council meeting.
Unaware that the camera was on, Estil and the woman continued to engage in sexual intercourse, while other participants continued with the council meeting.
Estil rejoined the call after the act.
But a staff member who attended the call recorded the scene and the video eventually became public, which led some villagers to file a petition to oust the official for the misconduct.
The video, which had gone viral, also became the point of discussion on local news channels:
The pair reportedly asked for forgiveness, but the country's Department of Interior and Local Government appears to have made up its mind to relieve Estil from his duty.
"This is not simple misconduct, but grave misconduct," DILG Barangay Affairs Summons and Complains Chief Richard Geronimo was quoted as saying by The Sun.
Earlier, a similar incident was reported from Brazil when a pair was caught having sex during a Zoom meeting of the Rio de Janeiro city council. While city leaders met to discuss on school meals, one of the politicians was spotted having sex in the background.
(With IANS inputs)