The investment earned the company a billion dollar valuation.
The app has been criticized as unsafe for minors due to its anonymity features and allegedly weak parental control mechanisms.
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.
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