Prior to 2015, Kik Interactive addressed this issue by informing parents and police about their options to combat child exploitation.
In March 2015, the company adopted a more aggressive strategy by utilizing Microsoft's Photo DNA cloud service to automatically detect, delete, and report the distribution of child exploitation images on its app.
The ability to share messages without alerting parents has been noted as "one of the reasons why teens like Kik".
Parents cannot automatically view their child's Kik communications remotely from another device, but instead must have the password to their child's user account and view the communications on the same device used by their child.
The investment earned the company a billion dollar valuation.
Kik added Safe Photo to its safety features in October 2016 which "detects, reports, and deletes known child exploitation images" sent through the platform.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.Although Koçulu subsequently published left-pad on Git Hub, its sudden removal from npm caused many projects (including Kik itself) to stop working, due to their dependency on the Node and Babel packages.We all want to have sex with each other all the time, but the world isn't fantasyland in which we come across consenting adults whenever we want it.