KIK

Herworld (Malaysia) - - HER STORY -

This is an­other plat­form that al­lows the ex­chang­ing of texts, im­ages and videos for free – as long as there’s an In­ter­net con­nec­tion. You can also cre­ate sketches and send your con­tacts vir­tual greet­ing cards.

Is there cause for con­cern?

This app has been re­ported in sev­eral crime cases (such as the mur­der of a 13-year-old girl and a sep­a­rate child pornog­ra­phy case). It’s been marked to fa­cil­i­tate preda­tory ac­tiv­ity as strangers can au­to­mat­i­cally start con­ver­sa­tions with you, as long as they have your user­name on Kik (in­for­ma­tion which users can post on other so­cial me­dia sites). “It looks to me like Kik hasn’t done any kind of risk as­sess­ment. They’ve al­lowed for anony­mous com­mu­ni­ca­tion with­out suf­fi­cient pri­vacy and safety con­trols,” says So­nia Liv­ing­stone, a pro­fes­sor of so­cial psy­chol­ogy in the De­part­ment of Me­dia and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Lon­don School of Eco­nomics.

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