So a work colleague sent out an invite over Google Calendar to a videoconference hosted on our company Jitsi server yesterday, and because Google is "smart" they decided to add prominent links to *its own service* to the in more prominent than the actual link to our Jitsi server that we were using. It did so without asking permission or prior warning.

After the customer sat in an empty Google meeting for 10 minutes we phoned directly to direct him to the proper meeting...

...I have recently set up NextCloud calendars and we have reminded all employees of their existence and advised them to stop using Google calendar due to the increasing amount of evil BS from that service.

My employer has used Google services for years, though we are down to just gmail and maps now. I'm REALLY hoping we can ditch at least gmail some day so we can escape the black hole that is Google

@msh I don't know about wher5you are but in my experience where i live Openstreetmap is sometimes better than Google maps. So might be easier to actually change?

@msh that sounds like an anti-competitive practice that could be reported to your local competition regulator. An e-mail might be enough, if they start getting a bunch of these, they might act.

@msh If you ask me, the auto-Meet-Link "feature" is classic antitrust

@msh have you tried putting a Zoom invite into Goocalendar? It would be eerie if it didn't insert its own links in that case.

@wyatwerp I haven't yet, since Zoom has been disallowed at work because its client software has previously failed a security audit, and I have no other reason to host meetings except for work!

Google may not insert its own links if one for Zoom, or even Jitsi's flagship instance, if this anti-feature is algorithm driven. In our case it may not have recognised our company's domain as a meeting link (we have our own server) and decided to "helpfully" create one of its own...


... Google has become notorious for abusing users through algorithms. They started off by doing handy little things like adding priority flags to the headers of emails you send when certain keywords like "important" appear in the subject. But the algorithms have grown like a cancer and now come with privacy invading side-effects that also conveniently (for Google) funnel users into its own services.

See also: large attachments going to Google drive links, biased anti-spam measures.

@msh Google is such a manipulative piece of shit 🤢 👎 I can't understand why some people are still using that crap while many better alternatives exist...

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