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Novak Djokovic's Court Hearing Livestream Interrupted By Pornographic Images

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Novak Djokovic's Court Hearing Livestream Interrupted By Pornographic Images

By Stewart Perrie

The livestream set up to broadcast Novak Djokovic's visa appeal hearing has been marred by a bunch of awkward moments.

For starters, it seemed like every journalist and their dog wanted to watch the court case unfold, however it wasn't letting anyone in for ages.

Many people were greeted by the spinning wheel of death and the server was clearly overcooked from all the people requesting access.

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There were around 200 people who were logged into a Microsoft Teams link for the livestream, however organisers clearly didn't put everyone on mute because 'silly noises', 'techno music' and memes came over the speakers and screen.

At one point, there was even pornographic material that flashed on the screen and many people who were watching the livestream didn't realise that officials had abandoned the original link.

This allowed whoever was inside the livestream to broadcast whatever they wanted.

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Sydney Morning Herald reporter Sarah Danckert alleged the court official who was meant to be moderating the livestream left because they had 'trouble' trying to 'mute' all the trolls.

"We've had techno blasting, giggling, shouting and someone is just saying Nole repeatedly in a pained voice," she said.

"We've all been muted but one guy has his camera on and looks confused, must not have heard the court official come back and say we're not using this link today.

"Before the mute we had a lot of proclaimations from viewers 'free the refugees', 'free Nole', 'this is bad for Aust'."

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According to Pedestrian, the court official said on the livestream: "This is because you've got some little smart arses who've basically blocked the bandwidth."

Court officials ended up using a different link to broadcast the court proceedings and people eventually moved over to that to watch the case.

Djokovic has now won his appeal against the Australian government, meaning the tennis player is free to leave his isolation at the Park Hotel and will likely be able to compete in the Australian Open.

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The government acknowledged that it did not give Djokovic enough time to respond to its decision to cancel his visa.

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/@zacrellin/Alamy

Topics: Tennis news, Australian Open, Novak Djokovic, Australia

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