Can we block or remove 'Teams Echo' Bot from entering Meetings on MS Teams?

Annas Pilodia 1 Reputation point
2021-02-23T11:19:37.737+00:00

'Teams Echo' is a built-in Microsoft bot. This bot can be added to a meeting at any time by any of the participants. Having a classroom full of elementary students, they figured this out and constantly invite Teams Echo, which will then enter the meeting a recite a pre-recorded message that runs for about 30 seconds. This causes a major disturbance in the meetings...

When I download the Meeting Attendance, 'Teams Echo' does not show as it is a bot. Also, I cannot see who has been inviting this bot to the meetings.

I need your help with 1 of 2 things:

1) Can I block Teams Echo from joining the meetings? If so, how do I do it?
2) Is there a way for me to see who invited Teams Echo to a meeting?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Sharon Zhao-MSFT 25,121 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor
    2021-02-24T02:39:10.213+00:00

    @Annas Pilodia ,

    There are two methods to disable Teams Echo bot. Due to no Teams echo in my lab, I use 15Five app to demonstrate the steps as below.

    One is to block this app in Microsoft Teams admin center > Teams apps: Manage apps > select Teams Echo app > Click Block button.
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    Another is to block this app in Microsoft Teams admin center > Teams apps: Permission policies > enter into Global (Org-wide default) policy > in Third-party apps section, select Block specific apps and allow all others > Then, add apps you want to block.
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    For more information, please refer to this article.


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