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18 FEB

Chat message blunder during online meeting

By timesecholife on in All News, Latest News

A Moorlands town council has become the latest ‘victim’ of digital blunders in the ever increasing online video meeting world. Since the first Covid-19 lockdown last March, councils and other official organisations across the nation, and the rest of the world, have turned to carrying out meetings on the world wide web as the pandemic continues to put paid to meeting up in person.

A Moorlands town council has become the latest ‘victim’ of digital blunders in the ever increasing online video meeting world.
Since the first Covid-19 lockdown last March, councils and other official organisations across the nation, and the rest of the world, have turned to carrying out meetings on the world wide web as the pandemic continues to put paid to meeting up in person.
And with such technology often comes blunders. Over in the US, a lawyer inadvertently appeared as a cat during an online court session; while closer to home, a ‘chaotic’ Handforth council meeting went viral.
And now this week during Cheadle Town Council’s virtual meeting on Monday (February 15), one councillor shared a rather rude and defamatory chat message to everyone instead of within a private chat as he said he had intended.
Town councillor Stephen Ellis wrote a message which appeared to be in answer to a question about the forthcoming bi-election for two vacant seats in Cheadle on Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.

The Times & Echo has opted not to print the full comments due to the rude and defamatory content, but within his chat message, cllr Ellis sets out who he believes is to stand for one of the current vacant district council seats in Cheadle. Cllr Ellis, who used to be an SMDC councillor as well as a town councillor, also states why he will not be standing for either of the seats.

It appears that fellow town councillors at Monday’s meeting had either not read cllr Ellis’s remarks, or had chosen to ignore them, as no comments were made verbally nor in the chat message function about them during the meeting.
We contacted cllr Ellis after Monday’s meeting to ask if he would like to make any further comments about his ‘chat’ remarks, to which he said: “As it was supposed to be a private and confidential conversation, I don’t wish to comment.”

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