Line has been granted a patent for a social network service method involving user-controlled operation and message reception blocking in chat rooms. The method allows users to set control conditions for specific chat rooms, enabling personalized messaging experiences. GlobalData’s report on Line gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Method for controlling message reception in chat rooms

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Line Corp

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11929970B2) outlines a method performed by an information processing device that involves sending and receiving messages displayed on a chat room. The method includes processes such as associating different chat rooms, setting control conditions for these chat rooms, and blocking reception notifications of messages based on the control conditions. The patent also details controls for displaying information indicating message reception on user terminals and blocking the display of messages on chat rooms until specific conditions are met. Additionally, the control conditions encompass factors like time, location, keywords, and content, with provisions for automatic responses when users are absent.

Furthermore, the patent describes a non-transitory computer-readable recording medium storing instructions for executing the information processing method and an information processing device designed to send and receive messages on chat rooms. The device includes a processor responsible for associating chat rooms, setting control conditions, and blocking reception notifications based on these conditions. It also features controls for displaying message reception information on user terminals and managing message displays on chat rooms. The device's control conditions can be tailored to include various parameters like time slots, locations, and specific content, with the ability to automatically send messages indicating user absence when necessary. This patent showcases innovative methods for managing message notifications and displays in chat room environments, offering potential applications in enhancing user experiences and privacy controls in messaging platforms.

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