Rumors of the death of Kiwi Farms are greatly exaggerated
On September 3, internet service provider Cloudflare announced that it was ending its business relationship with Kiwi Farms, a website notorious for fomenting harassment campaigns and fostering an environment of hate. The decision came after weeks of social media pressure led by one of the site’s targets: a trans Twitch streamer named Clara “Keffals” Sorrenti, who faced increasing targeted harassment after her information was published. personal information on Kiwi Farms.
Citing “an unprecedented emergency and immediate threat to human life,” Cloudflare blocked the site from its servers, effectively taking down its infrastructure and forcing it offline. #DropKiwiFarms campaign declared victory. “We won,” Sorrenti tweeted two days later. “Kiwi Farms is dead.”
However, six weeks later, Kiwi Farms is back up and running at its original URL. Although the extremist site failed on its way back to the clearnet (a term for the publicly available internet) – a number of security service providers and web hosts refuse doing business with Kiwi Farms – appears to have been steadily online for almost a week at press time. And its owner, Joshua “Null” Moon, seems determined to keep it that way based on the regular website status updates he posts on Telegram, which detail, among other things, multiple denial attacks. distributed service (DDoS) and a To hack website usage data.
Kiwi Farms, 12, is a proudly offensive, hate-speech-laden message board that devotes much of its site to tracking the lives of those it deems worthy of mocking and making abusive comments about them. These individuals are dubbed “lolcows” and they are “processed” for content. Many of the site’s favorite targets are neurodivergent people, people with disabilities and/or mental illness, and members of the LGBTQ community, especially transgender men and women, referred to as “troons” by Kiwi locals. Farms.
The site, which was dubbed “the web’s largest stalker community” in a 2016 New York magazine article, is known for doxxing its targets in chat threads, posting sensitive data (including contact) about the individual in question and, often, about his or her family members and employers. These repositories of personal information have for years made the site a one-stop shop for online bad actors wishing to engage in targeted harassment. The site has been related the suicides of three individuals; Moon has vehemently denied Kiwi Farms’ involvement in the deaths in several website posts.
Currently, the mood on Kiwi Farms is provocative and joyful. “We’re back,” one user wrote on September 27. “Cope and boil.” Kiwi Farmers is currently updating the platform campaign threads with memes mocking Sorrenti and comments and criticism on the many outlets that covered the website’s “death.”
So where does that leave those who pushed for its platform?