Ok, not the best analogy, but as instructors we have a role to facilitate an equitable learning environment. Consistently picking favorites can do a disservice to most of the class. It also can help others tune out or lose attention.
To that point, a recent presentation by Katherine McAlvage for CPHHS focused on inclusive teaching in this remote time. I highly suggest giving this a view to see what may apply to your courses and students.
Instructor of Kinesiology