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Users also have the option to delete any offensive content or block another user from contacting them.
These features were developed in response to the widespread use of Kik for "cross-app" communication, whereby a user who encounters people on another app (usually a gaming app) would then use Kik to communicate with them.
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.
Kik added Safe Photo to its safety features in October 2016 which "detects, reports, and deletes known child exploitation images" sent through the platform.
(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 Interactive contacted him objecting to his use of the name, for which the company claimed intellectual property rights, and asked him to change the name.
Kik partnered with Connect Safely in 2016 to produce a "parents handbook" and joined The Technology Coalition, an anti-sexual exploitation group including Facebook, Google, Twitter and Linked In.
Kik added promoted chats in 2014, which used bots to converse with users about promoted brands through keywords activating responses.
To register for the Kik service, a user must enter a first and last name, e-mail address, and birth date (which, as of February 2016, must show that the user is at least 13 years old As of February 2016, Kik's guide for law enforcement said that the company cannot locate user accounts based on first and last name, e-mail address and/or birth date; the exact username is required to locate a particular account.
The guide further said that the company does not have access to content or "historical user data" such as photographs, videos, and the text of conversations, and that photographs and videos are automatically deleted shortly after they are sent.