Kik messenger, a cross platform real-time messaging app, was on a huge upswing with growing popularity until today when RIM pulled it from the BlackBerry App World. The app is still available for users who really want to use it just a lot trickier to find. RIM’s official statement about the matter is pretty vague exactly why the app was pulled.
“RIM became aware of a number of issues and customer concerns regarding the Kik app and service and, following discussions with Kik, the app was removed from BlackBerry App World. RIM is actively reviewing the issues and potential resolutions, and is also continuing its discussions with Kik.”
This comes to many of us as little surprise given Kik’s unethical contact farming they have been doing. It farms your contact information to gain members. Which is probably what lead to RIM’s movement in eliminating this potential BBM competitor from its App World.