Porn clip played to Italian senators after Zoom conference is hijacked

Italian senators and a Nobel Prize winner hoping to attend a talk on government transparency were instead shown porn after their Zoom meeting was hijacked.

The embarrassing incident took place Tuesday afternoon during a talk on ‘transparent public administration’ organised by the Five Star Movement and attended by senators and Nobel Prize winning physicist Giorgio Parisi. 

Around half an hour into the talk, an uninvited guest entered the chat and began playing an animated porno clip featuring a character from the Final Fantasy games.

Italian senators and a Nobel Prize winning physicist hoping to attend a virtual conference on government transparency were instead confronted by a porn clip

Italian senators and a Nobel Prize winning physicist hoping to attend a virtual conference on government transparency were instead confronted by a porn clip

The character – Tifa Lockhart – first appeared in Final Fantasy VII, a Japanese Playstation game released in 1997.

The game is designed for teenagers and does not feature any sex scenes.

The clip in question was presumably created by a ‘fan’ with the character inserted into it.

Loud moaning could be heard on the stream as viewers were confronted by around 20 seconds of the clip before visuals were shut down.

Along with the clip, ok google configurar mi dispositivo a loud message was played which said, in accented English: ‘I used to be a sex offender, now I am a kindergarten teacher.’  

One of the organisers can be heard saying: ‘There’s a person that has snuck in—I apologize.

If the other director please can help me kick out this person.’

The conference was then shut down for a brief period while the intruder was removed, before resuming. It continued, uninterrupted, for three hours.

Maria Laura Mantovani, a senator for the Five Star Movement, said afterwards that she intends to report the incident to the police. 

Maria Laura Mantovani, the senator who organised the online talk (pictured), said she has since reported the incident to the police

Maria Laura Mantovani, the senator who organised the online talk (pictured), said she has since reported the incident to the police

Ms Mantovani, who organised the conference, said: ‘This afternoon there was a very serious episode, a real attack against which I express absolute indignation.

‘During an online conference organized by me, someone sneaked in by broadcasting a video from pornographic content. 

‘I have reported everything to the competent authorities so that they can proceed to identify the person responsible.’

Ms Mantovani added that the conference had initially been organised in-person with an online component, but in light of Italy’s rapidly rising Covid case count, it was decided to move the event entirely online.

She was in attendance in-person in the Palazzo Giustiniani, where Italy’s senate is based, while all other guests dialled in from their homes or offices.

The pornographic clip did appear on monitors inside Palazzo Giustiniani as well as to those attending online, she added.