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.
Koçulu had published an extension to on npm under the name "kik".
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.
(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 added Safe Photo to its safety features in October 2016 which "detects, reports, and deletes known child exploitation images" sent through the platform.
Counted among Twitter’s 271 million active users are an untold number of bots.Kik added promoted chats in 2014, which used bots to converse with users about promoted brands through keywords activating responses.The feature allows companies to communicate with more potential clients than would be possible manually.As of 23 January 2018, neither the developers nor Microsoft have provided a statement or an explanation on the removal of the app. A main attraction of Kik that differentiates it from other messaging apps is its anonymity.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.By this time, Kik had raised a total of .5 million.