KIK messenger app now overrun by porn spammers

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If you grab every new app out there that you hear the kids& teenagers like, then you probably have KIK, an app extremely popular among the young crowd. While the messenger app is simple and often fun to use, with meme-making features and the ability to add videos and images to chats, it's also full of random sex-spammers.

The first few images sent to me by a supposed horny german girl with a clothing deficiency, I dealt with by reporting said user to KIK. I found it very disconcerting that I could get random sex images sent to my KIK, and expressed this to KIK support. Their advice was the usual, how to block people, which I had already done, and that I should have my settings set to ignore new people which I do. It was clear to me that KIK was not going to do anything about the account with the pornographic images. I realize KIK can't police every user, but the response struck me as toothless to the point of making the network vulnerable to sex-spam.

And right I was. I just received this message. It looks like it's an official KIK message, but it's not. It advertises a website with KIK in the domain name, and I won't link it because there's only pornography on it. KIK's timid response to the early sex-chatters has made the entire brand of KIK vulnerable to hijack by kik-sexters, and it's very likely that your teenagers or young children are receiving such messages right now. The Spam chat porn bots are now all over KIK, and andrealessi shares a particularly funny example on tumblr.

KIK made their choice when they decided to be lenient, and I predict they'll now be known more for the sexbots than the being the popular teenage messaging app.

Comments (4)

  • Gartral's picture
    Gartral (not verified)

    Yea, I keep getting these too, and I've been working on a way to trace them down and report the servers to the ISPs their connected to.. this is a blatent abuse of resourses. also I really like your "Figment of Spamination" line for your captcha!

    May 19, 2014
  • Dabitch's picture
    Dabitch

    Thanks for that Leonie. Yes, KIK is not suitable for children nor teenagers. It's a privacy mess, and the porn spam has already taken over.

    May 31, 2014

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