Thursday, April 18, 2024

Trans streamer Keffals calls on Cloudflare to drop transphobic website Kiwi Farms

Things has escalated for Twitch streamer Keffals, who has now gone in hiding to steer the alt-right hate website Kiwi Farms off her scent after she was doxxed and swatted earlier this month.

Keffals, real name Clara Sorrenti, has been under scrutiny by abusive trolls from the very start of her career due to her political activism on social media, such as Twitch and Twitter. In August she was swatted, terrorized by police who pointed guns in her face and took away all her technology after an alt-right troll impersonated her and threatened to commit violence.

Now things have escalated to the point the trans and political activist has gone into hiding, and has even planned to leave her home country, Canada.

In her latest YouTube video, Keffals reveals the reason why she’s now in hiding is due to the malicious and transphobic website, Kiwi Farms. Kiwi Farms, owned by Joshua “Null” Moon, describes itself as a website that is “dedicated to discussing eccentric people who voluntarily make fools of themselves” and encourages users to “explore abnormal psychology and the minds of Internet crazies.” In reality, the website singles out trans people and the people that support them and create threads, branding them ‘lolcows’, to misgender and ridicule them. Then there is the stalking, doxxing and even swatting – all of which endangers the person. Keffals is just the latest person to get Kiwi Farms attention, but as the streamer told Vice, the thread about her is one of the “fastest-growing on Kiwi Farms.” The thread is actively being monitored by the police.

For Keffals, the website has moved on from swatting to simple doxxing and stalking her – forcing her to move from the hotel she was previously in and going into hiding. The users of the website seemingly found where she was staying at the time due to her taking a picture of her cat on bed sheets, an image that the trolls used to narrow down where she was staying and send her pizza under her deadname.

“Obviously, it isn’t the pizzas that are the problem, but it’s the threat that they make, that they know where I live and are willing to act on it in the real world,” said Sorrenti in the YouTube video.

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Since then, Keffals has spearheaded a movement with one goal: getting Cloudflare to drop Kiwi Farms from its service altogether due to the website’s involvement in harassment of multiple individuals – some of which who have even commited suicide. Cloudflare provides security service to websites by DDoS protection, effectively keeping Kiwi Farms afloat. As of now, the Cloudflare has not yet commented on removing Kiwi Farms from its service – an odd move considering Cloudflare has previously removed alt-right websites that incited violence, such as 8chan.

Due to Cloudflare’s lack of response, the hashtags #DropKiwifarms and #CloudflareProtectsTerrorists has also been trending in both Canada and US on Twitter since last week and doesn’t look like it’ll be slowing down anytime soon. Pressure has continued to mount, with users replying and retweeting Cloudflare employees, asking for the website to be taken down.

But what has really stood out among all of this is the profuse amount of people whose lives have been affected by Kiwi Farms – whether that be due to their family being targeted, or themselves – and want it gone for good. A sentiment which has pushed Keffals in particular to vow to never back down until the website is shut down.

“I am never going to go away. I am going to continue fighting.” Keffals said in her latest YouTube video. “Like I said in an interview with Global News, if they really want to stop me, the next time, they better manipulate the police into pulling the trigger, because I am going nowhere.”

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