Kik Messenger, commonly called Kik, is a freeware instant messaging mobile app from the Canadian company Kik Interactive, available free of charge on i OS, Android, and Windows Phone operating systems.Kik Messenger has drawn controversy due to its reported involvement in a number of incidents of child exploitation.
The funding was from Valiant Capital Partners, Millennium Technology Value Partners, and SV Angel.
By this time, Kik had raised a total of $70.5 million.
Kik has been criticized for providing inadequate parental control over minors' use of the app.
The ability to share messages without alerting parents has been noted as "one of the reasons why teens like Kik".
Kik added promoted chats in 2014, which used bots to converse with users about promoted brands through keywords activating responses.