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The report is a collaboration between British investigative media company Point and Forbeswhich found that predators quickly move to contact and groom under-age users on the service, aided by third-party apps that help share profiles. InThe New York Times reported that the app was becoming an increasing concern for law enforcement officials, with a of instances where predators have used the app to exchange child pornography, to send explicit messages or arrange meetings kff kik minors.
Reporters from the two publications posed as 13 and year-old girl on the app, and within an hour of ing several public groups, the two profiles received numerous private messages from male users, including some with explicit language and images. Within minutes of advertising their profiles on the app, they received hundreds of messages from other users. The report points out that Kik Interactive has made substantial efforts to mitigate abuse on its messaging app, and that predators are increasingly using a wide range of social media apps to target children.
Kik has begun utilizing a tool called PhotoDNA that identifies reported images and video of child abuse, and frequently provides information to law enforcement to help with investigations. Kik is hardly alone when it comes to contending with abuse on its platform.
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Kik has become ‘the defacto app’ for child predators, according to an investigative report