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Kik Interactive has said that it uses "typical" industry standards for age verification, that "perfect age verification" is "not plausible", and that the company deletes accounts of users under 13 when it finds them, or when a parent requests the deletion.
In March 2016, Kik Interactive was involved in a high-profile dispute over use of the name "kik" with independent code developer Azer Koçulu, the author of numerous open-source software modules published on npm, a package manager widely used by Java Script projects to install dependencies.
The investment earned the company a billion dollar valuation.
A main attraction of Kik that differentiates it from other messaging apps is its anonymity.
(Some experts have noted that because Photo DNA operates by comparing images against an existing database of exploitative images, it does not effectively prevent "realtime" online child abuse and may not detect material not yet added to its comparison database.) Kik Interactive also began collaborating internationally with law enforcement by joining the Virtual Global Taskforce, a partnership between businesses, child protection agencies, and international police services that combats online child exploitation and abuse.
Kik has been criticized for providing inadequate parental control over minors' use of the app.
a feature allowing users to send previously recorded videos in Kik Messenger for Android and i OS; and "Kik Codes", which assigns each user a unique code similar to a QR code, making it easier to connect and chat with other users.
Since May 2014, Kik has contained a safety feature that blurs messages from strangers, so that users must opt in to view content sent by people outside their network.
When Koçulu refused, Kik Interactive contacted npm management, who agreed to transfer ownership of the module to Kik without Koçulu's consent.
Koçulu then unpublished all of his modules from npm, including a popular eleven-line code module called "left-pad" upon which many Java Script projects depended.
By this time, Kik had raised a total of .5 million.
On August 16, 2015, Kik received a million investment from Chinese Internet giant Tencent, the parent company of the popular Chinese messaging service We Chat.