Cloudflare shuts down services of ‘revolting’ far-right hate site • The Register

Cloudflare has decided to stop providing its services to Kiwi Farms, just days after defending the site’s eligibility for its services.

Kiwi Farms is an online forum that frequently features vicious harassment of minority communities and individuals. Some members have even staged harassment, doxing, and smashing targets they hate in the real world. Three suicides are likely linked to hateful harassment initiated by members of Kiwi Farms.

Harassment on the forums led to a campaign asking Cloudflare to drop the site, in the public interest.

Offensive content alone does not create an emergency that requires the action we take today

Last week, Cloudflare responded to this campaign by explaining that its policies meant that it would continue to serve the forums.

“Hosting products are the products where Cloudflare is the ultimate content host,” CEO Matthew Prince and VP Alissa Starzak wrote at the time. “It’s different from products where we just provide security or temporary caching services and the content is hosted elsewhere.”

Sunday, Prince announcement that Cloudflare had ceased serving Kiwi Farms.

“This is an extraordinary decision for us to make and, given Cloudflare’s role as an Internet infrastructure provider, a dangerous decision that we are not comfortable with,” Prince wrote, adding, ” However, the rhetoric about Kiwifarms [sic] site and specific targeted threats have escalated over the past 48 hours to the point where we believe there is an unprecedented urgency and immediate threat to human life, contrary to what we have already seen from Kiwifarms or any other customer before.

Price said Cloudflare’s decision was based on escalating threats posted on Kiwi Farms, not the campaign to have the company deny service to the forum.

“Kiwfarms has often hosted outrageous content. Revolting content alone does not create an emergency that necessitates the action we take today,” Prince wrote.

“Nor are we taking this action directly because of the lobbying campaign,” Prince wrote on Sunday, saying Cloudflare has “empathy for its organizers” but the company is “engaged as a security provider to protect our customers even when they run deep.” contrary to popular opinion or even our own morality.

“However, as the pressure campaign escalated, the rhetoric on the Kiwifarms site intensified. Feeling attacked, site users became even more aggressive. Over the past two weeks, we have proactively contacted law enforcement in multiple jurisdictions, highlighting what we believe to be potential criminal acts and imminent threats to human life that have been posted on the site.

Prince said the decision leaves Cloudflare’s abuse policies unchanged, and lamented having to make the decision in the absence of “a mechanism when there is an emergency threat to human life for that infrastructure providers work quickly with legal authorities to ensure the decisions we make. are based on due process.

“Unfortunately, this mechanism does not exist and so we are making this uncomfortable emergency decision alone,” the CEO wrote.

Prince added that he expected the decision to see Kiwi Farms provide another supplier, a prediction that came true: Kiwi Farms moved to a Russian estate and found another DDOS prevention service. The register spent a few seconds on the site to verify that it is accessible and immediately found a thread disputing Prince’s account of Cloudflare’s assessment of the growing threats appearing on the forum. ®

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