Kik Messenger is shutting down regardless of the service having tens of millions of lively customers all over the world.
The firm stated it was closing down the messaging service so it may focus on the Kin cryptocurrency it has additionally created.
In a blog, Kik Interactive said the choice had been pressured on it by a authorized wrangle with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over Kin.
The choice additionally implies that 80 workers who preserve Kik working shall be let go.
No date has been given for when the Kik app will shut.
Kik Messenger launched in 2010 and proved in style largely as a result of it lets individuals register and use it with out offering a telephone quantity or different credentials.
The app has additionally proved controversial and a BBC News investigation in 2018 suggested it had featured in 1,100 UK little one sexual abuse instances police had investigated prior to now 5 years.
In response, Kik stated it was “constantly assessing and improving its trust and safety measures”.’Writing about its choice to modify focus, Kik Interactive founder Ted Livingstone stated the corporate had taken the “hard decision” to close down Kik as a result of it needed to commit all its consideration to the Kin cryptocurrency.