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The company suggests a variety of uses for the live video feature — such as chatting with friends while a sporting event or chatting with grandparents while showing them their grandchildren.The messaging platform, which reported a total 169 million monthly active users across its four main markets in its Q2 (in total it reports more than 200M users globally), and is especially popular in Japan, has offered video and group calling features for some time — adding group video calls (including live reaction effects) back in December, for instance.Uber just got itself another potential thorn in its side in Southeast Asia, where its closest rival Grab just raised billion in fresh capital, after an unlikely source announced plans to enter Thailand’s ride-hailing space.Line, the Japanese company best known for its messaging app — and cutesy animal stickers — this week announced that it will offer a licensed taxi booking service to its users in Thai capital Bangkok.As I wrote last year, Facebook Messenger’s continued growth in Asia should worry Line.Indeed, the company pulled back on ambitious plans to grow its userbase in Western markets in favor of doubling down on Asia, but already there are warning signs."Since Line Corporation has not received any official request from the Thai police, we cannot provide any answers to the questions on this issue at this point," Hazuki Yamada, a Line spokesperson, wrote in an email to .Line has not responded to further questions regarding whether they met with Thai authorities and whether the company maintains logs of conversations.
They also met with Line operator Naver in South Korea, where some of the app's servers are located. Pisit said they will send requests for information to Line on a case-by-case basis.
Line has introduced a series of services, such as mobile payment, video and music services and more, to widen its capacity to generate revenue, but it also bidding to become a ‘lifestyle platform’ for its users.
That means that Line wants to develop a value that locks users in beyond chat.
"LINE does not collect or store any information from its users as we protect user's privacy and maintain a global-level of security standards," wrote Yamada in a follow-up email.
Yamada also reiterated that Line has "not recieved any request from Thai police." (Aug.14, a.m.