Kik Messenger

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Kik Messenger
The Official Kik Logo 2013-05-16 07-12.jpg
Initial release October 19, 2010 (2010-10-19)
Stable release 7.10.1 / Feb. 4, 2015
Development status Active
Operating system iOS, Android, Windows Phone
Available in English, French, German, Italian, Jase, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese, Russian , Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Swahili
Type Instant Messaging Client, Web Browser
License Proprietary freeware
Website kik.com

Kik Messenger is an instant messaging application for mobile devices. The app is available on most iOS, Android, and Windows Phone operating systems free of charge.[1] Kik Messenger is modeled after BlackBerry Messenger.[2] Kik uses a smartphone's data plan or Wi-Fi to transmit and receive messages.[3] Kik also allows users to share photos, sketches, mobile webpages, and other content. Kik Messenger requires users to register a username.

History[edit]

Founded in 2008, Kik Interactive is the work of a group of students from the University of Waterloo who wished to create new technologies to be used on mobile smartphones.[4] Kik Messenger is the first app developed by Kik.

Kik Interactive released Kik Messenger on October 19, 2010.[5][6] Within 15 days, Kik Messenger reached one million user registrations, with Twitter being credited as a catalyst for the new application's popularity.[7]

On November 24, 2010, Research In Motion removed Kik Messenger from BlackBerry App World and limited the functionality of the software for its users.[8] It also sued the company for copyright infringement.[9] In October 2013, Blackberry and Kik settled the lawsuit, with the terms undisclosed.[10]

As of May 2014, there are 120 million users registered.[11]

On October 1, 2014, Kik Messenger, Sony Records and IPG Media Lab were awarded with The Smarties, by the Mobile Marketing Association, because of the first global music marketing campaign with One Direction.[12]

In November 2014, Kik Messenger announced a $38.3 million Series C funding round and its first acquisition, buying GIF Messenger "Relay". Its newest funding is from Valiant Capital Partners, and includes new investors Millennium Technology Value Partners and SV Angel.[13]

There are rumors that Kik's messenger program will be available on PC but it has not been officially released.[14] But using Android Emulator Kik Messenger is accessible on PC [15]

During early 2015, Ted Livingston told news agencies that Kik plans to reduce the amount of child pornography on Kik, by adopting a service that can search for exploitative images and report them to the relevant authorities. The proposed child exploitation mitigation tool will only remove and scan for known child pornography that exists in an international database. The new tools will not be able to screen messages from pedophiles who may be engaging in child grooming. [16]

Security[edit]

On November 4, 2014, Kik Messenger scored 1 out of 7 points on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's secure messaging scorecard. It received a point for encryption during transit. It lost points because communications are not encrypted with a key the provider does not have access to, users cannot verify contacts' identities, past messages are not secure if the encryption keys are stolen, the code is not open to independent review, the security design is not properly documented, and there has not been a recent independent code audit.[17][18]

Controversy[edit]

Child exploitation is prominent on Kik Messenger,[19][20][21][22][23] and during 2014 a pedophile told The Trentonian newspaper: “I could go on it now and probably within 20 minutes have videos, pictures, everything else in between off the app because I know they’re both still active. That’s where all the child porn is coming off of.”[24] Similarly, in 2015 another pedophile stated: “The first thing that I thought was, ‘Wow! I can be whoever I want to be. I can get anybody I want. I can achieve my sexual glorification through this app".[25]

Automated spam bots have been used to distribute explicit images and text over Kik Messenger.[26][27]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How do I get the Kik app". 
  2. ^ Eichelberg, Amy (2012-04-29). "Android App of the Day: Kik Messenger". The Unlockr. Retrieved 2013-02-11. 
  3. ^ "Is Kik Free?". 
  4. ^ "About". 
  5. ^ "Kik Messenger Gets off to a Good Start After October Relaunch". ThirdAge. 2010-11-04. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  6. ^ "KiK Messenger, free messages for Android, iPhone and BlackBerry". Dailyrumors.net. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  7. ^ Motorola il iDEN. "Kik Messenger app blows past 1 million users". Intomobile.com. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  8. ^ "RIM bloque une application concurrente A son service BlackBerry Messenger - ActualitAŠs Techno-AŠconomie - TAŠlAŠcoms et mobilitAŠ". Benefice-net.branchez-vous.com. Retrieved 2010-12-17. 
  9. ^ SILCOFF, JACQUIE MCNISH AND STEVE LADURANTAYE, SEAN (Sep 27, 2013). "Inside the fall of BlackBerry: How the smartphone inventor failed to adapt". The Globe and Mail Inc. Retrieved 8 Aug 2014. 
  10. ^ Simone, Rose (Oct 9, 2013). "Kik eager to move on after settling spat with BlackBerry". The Record.com. Retrieved 8 Aug 2014. 
  11. ^ "Kik beefs up privacy controls in new version to keep out bad actors". Mobilesyrup.com. 
  12. ^ "Smarties. Congratulations to our winners". MMA. 1 Oct 2014. Retrieved 10 November 2014. 
  13. ^ Russell, Jon November 19, 2014 TechCrunch. "Chat App Kik Raises $38M And Makes Its First Acquisition, Buying GIF Messenger Relay"
  14. ^ "Kik Messenger is not available for PC". 5 April 2014. Retrieved 28 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Kik Messenger is now available on PC". AppsforPCZap. 
  16. ^ http://www.cbs8.com/story/28354971/kik-takes-steps-to-combat-exploitation-of-minors
  17. ^ "Secure Messaging Scorecard. Which apps and tools actually keep your messages safe?". Electronic Frontier Foundation. 2014-11-04. 
  18. ^ "Only 6 Messaging Apps Are Truly Secure". PC Magazine. 5 November 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  19. ^ "Police Issue Warning About Child Predators Using Kik App". 21Alive. 
  20. ^ Steven Raeburn. "Kik social media platform draws police warning". The Drum. 
  21. ^ "Parents be Warned against Kik App Used by Teens, Police Say". International Business Times AU. 2 December 2013. 
  22. ^ "National News Headlines - Latest Breaking News". smh.com.au. 
  23. ^ Harve Jacobs (5 December 2013). "Live 5 Investigates: Predators using Kik messenger phone app - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi". wlox.com. 
  24. ^ "Pedophile on Kik app: ‘It’s well known in our industry’". trentonian.com. 
  25. ^ "Sexual predator warns parents about ‘kik’ app". WTNH. 
  26. ^ Julia Wong (7 February 2014). "Students, parents warned about explicit spam messages on Kik Messenger". Global News. 
  27. ^ "Albertans complain Kik messenger spam bot sending sexual messages". cbc.ca. 5 March 2014. 

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