Kik’s List of Nopes
Kik is all about making fun, safe, and genuine connections with people from all of the communities you care about. We hate to tell you what you can and can’t do on Kik, but … there are some things to which we just have to say a big ol’ “nope”.
Our goal with these rules is to let people chat and be themselves, while making sure that everybody can safely enjoy connecting on Kik.
Here is a quick list of what you can and can’t do on Kik, in plain language. (To read the official legal version of these rules, click here.)
Can I use Kik if I’m younger than 13 years old?
Nope, sorry. Kik is only for people 13 years and older. No exceptions! You also can’t use Kik to share any content targeted at people under 13.
Can I create an account that impersonates someone else?
Nope. Kik doesn’t tolerate phonies.
You can’t pretend to be somebody else, pretend to represent Kik, or send content that violates or infringes someone else’s copyright, trademark, intellectual property, or proprietary right.
Can I bully, harass, abuse or threaten violence against anyone on Kik?
Nope, and you shouldn’t have to ask!
Kik has your back against anyone threatening, bullying or harassing you. We prohibit all content that is mean-spirited, or that attacks or promotes harm to any group, individual or their property, or chat bot based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion, country of origin, sexual identity, or disability. On top of this, you can’t use Kik in any way that could harm or does harm minors (people under the age of majority in the state/country/province where they live). Our community’s safety is our number-one priority, and there’s no room for bullies on this platform.
Can I distribute pornography or inappropriate content through Kik?
Nope. That includes sending, requesting, commenting on, linking to, or advertising inappropriate content.
By “inappropriate content” we mean any photo, video, or written depiction of pornography, nudity, real or implied sexual acts, graphic or gratuitous violence, and anything else that doesn’t belong in a positive chat community with an audience age 13 and up.
Can I send messages to lots of people at once asking them to sign up for my service?
Nope, that’s spam.
There are strict laws on spam, so we’re strict too. Spam includes anything that constitutes unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, bulk unsolicited messages, and malicious code or phishing links designed to collect information or data regarding other users.
Can I sell things to other Kik users (including selling Kik accounts)?
While we admire your entrepreneurial spirit, we can’t let you do this. It’s a nope.
Can I do illegal things on Kik?
It is against our terms of service to use Kik to break the law, to promote an illegal activity (including terrorism or organized crime), or to send sexual or inappropriate content involving anyone under 18, including yourself. If you do, we work with law enforcement as needed.
Can I promote self-harm?
Nope. We want you and others to be safe.
Do not show or promote self harm — including cutting, eating disorders, suicide, or sharing information on this topic in ways that promotes it’s OK.
If you or your friends are having thoughts of self-harm, we have partners who are here to support you. Please reach out to our friends at Koko or Crisis Text Line as soon as possible for help.
Can I send or collect people’s personal information?
Nope! Don’t be creepy.
If you were wondering, we also say “nope” to requesting any form of official identification from other Kik users, and threatening to send pictures or videos of somebody without their consent.
So, what can I do on Kik?
Kik’s List of Yeps
- Be kind and treat people the way you want to be treated.
- Chat with your friends.
- Discover new and fun experiences through bots.
- Join some interesting groups and make new friends.
These rules will continue to evolve as Kik’s community grows, and we reserve the right to enforce them as we see fit, including removing offending content, issuing “time outs”, asking you to leave (which definitely sounds nicer than kicking you off), or reporting offenders to law enforcement if necessary. We ask that you please take these rules seriously and act in the best interests of your fellow Kik peers.
Thank you for contributing to a lively, fun, and fair community.