Chat room access control

  • US 10,574,609 B2
  • Filed: 06/29/2016
  • Issued: 02/25/2020
  • Est. Priority Date: 06/29/2016
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A method comprising:

  • receiving a request from a requester to join an electronic chat room;

    receiving, via a user interface, a selection of an access control level for the requester in order to grant the requester access to the electronic chat room according to one of a plurality of conditions for granting access, the plurality of conditions including a veto condition, a majority condition, and a moderator approval condition;

    assigning, via the user interface, the access control level to the requester upon granting access to the requester; and

    limiting the access of the requester to content available in the electronic chat room based on the selection of the access control level,wherein,the moderator approval condition requires approval of at least one moderator of all participants in the electronic chat room prior to granting access,the moderator approval condition requires a first selection of one of a plurality of options by the at least one moderator, and a second selection of a limit option by the at least one moderator,the plurality of options include view all files and messages uploaded to the electronic chat room, only view messages uploaded to the electronic chat room, and/or only view files uploaded to the electronic chat room, andthe limit option permits the at least one moderator to only show postings after a date selected by the at least one moderator.

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