Kik Messenger is shutting down despite the service having millions of active users around the world.
The company said it was closing down the messaging service so it could concentrate on the Kin cryptocurrency it has also created. Kik Messenger launched in and proved popular largely because it rooms people register and use it without providing a phone or other credentials. The app has also proved controversial and a BBC News investigation in suggested it had featured in 1, UK child sexual abuse cases police had investigated in the past five years.
In response, Kik said kik was "constantly assessing and improving its trust and safety measures".
Writing about its decision to switch focus, Kik Interactive founder Ted Livingstone said kik company had taken the "hard decision" to room down Kik because it wanted to devote all its attention to the Kin cryptocurrency. He acknowledged the difficulty the decision would cause as it would mean laying off people who had families and who had "poured their hearts and souls into Kik and Kin for over a chag.
The legal row blew up because the SEC wanted the Kin crypto-cash launch categorised in the same way as the initial stock offering for companies that floated on the ki exchange. Mr Livingstone said it had to resist the classification of Kin as "security" because this categorisation would "kill" its usability and that of other similar crypto-cash systems.
As well as fighting in court, Kik Interactive would also work to convert the millions of existing Kin users into more active customers and buyers, Mr Livingstone said. Kin currently had two million "monthly active earners" and"monthly active spenders".
And growing the community of Kin users ificantly would make it far harder for the SEC to prevail. Kik chat app 'involved in 1, child abuse cases'.
Facebook's Libra should be blocked in Europe, France says. High-tech ways to keep employees happy. The decision also means that 80 staff who keep Kik running will be let go.
No date has been given for when the Kik app will close. Cash community.
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Published 21 September Published 12 September