Gmail users found that their Zoom invitation message seded with a Google Meet promotion link.

With the growing demand for remote video conferencing, Google appears to be taking a more aggressive approach to its own Google Meet video conferencing tool. A report by MSPU says the company is quietly adding a promotional link to Google Meet to emails sending Zoom meeting invitations through Gmail. It is reported that some of the recipients of the Zoom virtual meeting invitation said they saw an add-on link on the tail of the email.

Gmail users found that their Zoom invitation message seded with a Google Meet promotion link.

In this example, Zoom users say they see it using the Windows 10 Mail client and Gmail mailbox service. And it seems that only the recipient can see the tail of the message, and the sender may not know that their invitation has been tampered with.

Gmail users found that their Zoom invitation message seded with a Google Meet promotion link.

(Figure via MSPU)

In the context of the New Crown virus pandemic, the cloud video conferencing platform has grown rapidly in 2020. In March, Zoom announced that the number of daily active users had surged to 200 million from 10 million in December.

In addition, Gartner estimated in a recent report that spending on cloud-based video conferencing terminals had jumped 24.3 percent, making it hard to see how Google was afraid of falling behind.