He can’t verify if the porn bots are coming from a single group, as Mc Daid suspects, because Kik doesn’t analyze message content for privacy reasons, so it’s harder to track what messages belong to what sets of users.
(Mc Daid bases his analysis on the screenshots that Kik users post on Twitter or forums.) It’s also hard to tell if these are the same porn spammers that have hit Snapchat, Tinder and Skype.
What’s more, it appears this spam team has been running porn bots like these since around 2010, on other services like MSN Chat.
The spammers may be in this for the long haul because they're making good money.
“It’s a limited number of highly-motivated individuals,” says Kik's Hendry. We’ve seen entire shifts in what a particular spammer seems to be doing.