MTG joins trans activists demanding closure of Swatting website

  • Kiwi Farms is a trolling website that primarily targets transgender and neurodiverse people.
  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene wants the site taken down after police visit for a mock shooting.
  • A trans Twitch streamer launched the #DropKiwiFarms campaign after being doxxed and “swatted”.

Trans activists have long campaigned against Kiwi Farms, a trolling website the New York magazine once called “the web’s largest stalker community.” But on Wednesday, an unlikely ally joined the fight to take the notorious transphobic forum offline.

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a far-right Republican from Georgia, joined the chorus of people calling for action against Kiwi Farms after she was targeted in a “swatting” incident that police linked to the website.

“WHAT IS HAPPENING,” Clara “Keffals” Sorrenti, a Twitch streamer who leads the #DropKiwiFarms campaign, said in a tweet expressing her disbelief at the campaign’s potential new recruit.

The hateful online forum has created strange bedfellows, a bizarre alliance between a controversial conservative lawmaker and online transgender activists.

What is Kiwi Farms and how did it start?

Kiwi Farms is an online forum and image-sharing website dedicated to trolling and harassing people whom users deem “eccentric” and “willfully ridicule themselves”, according to the site’s self-description .

It was launched in 2009 as an image board (the CWCki forum) to troll Christine Weston Chandler, also known as “Chris Chan” or “Sonichu” online, Insider’s Charlotte Colombo reported.

But the forum was rebranded as Kiwi Farms in February 2015, according to KnowYourMeme, marking a shift in focus for the website. The scope of user harassment has widened to include all “lolcows” – a portmanteau of “lol” and “cows”, which has become a niche meme used to describe anyone who can be “milked” for a laugh.

Many of those targeted are transgender and neurodivergent people, who Kiwi Farms users regularly refer to using slurs and dead names – the birth names of trans people who changed their names as part of their gender transition .

Last week, Insider reported on the use of Kiwi Farms in the harassment of a group of armed trans alpaca breeders in Colorado.

Specific harassment campaigns have been so relentless and vicious that Kiwi Farms has been linked to three suicides, Insider reported.

Following the June 2021 suicide of Near, a software developer targeted by Kiwi Farms users, DreamHost notified website owner – Joshua Moon – that it would no longer offer domain registration services, according to Vice News. The website temporarily started using a Russian server before moving to an American server.

Cloudflare, the internet infrastructure company that provides DDoS protection services to multiple websites, does not host Kiwi Farms, but Axios said it offers several services that keep the website online.

Now activists want Cloudfare to cut services from the trolling website.

Transgender activist was targeted at the hotel she fled to after being ‘run over’

In August this year, a transgender activist who streams on Twitch named Clara Sorrenti – also known as ‘Keffals’ – said she had to go into hiding after a months-long doxxing campaign against her on Kiwi Farms has degenerated into a terrifying “crush”. incident.

Swatting is the act of sending police officers to the home of an unsuspecting victim under false pretenses. It takes its name from SWAT units – which are usually called in to deal with active shooters and similar situations.

Keffals swatting

Clara Sorrenti has said she fears for her life after armed police came to her home following an anonymous report from a troll.

Keffals/YouTube



In a YouTube video, Sorrenti explained how she was targeted in a runover incident on August 5. London, Ontario police arrived at her home and accused her of sending violent emails to local politicians. She was arrested and her electronics seized, according to Insider’s Lindsay Dodgson, but local police confirmed she was later released without charge.

Following the incident, Sorrenti, her fiancé and their cat moved to a local hotel. Still, she said she was doxxed again when Kiwi Farms was able to identify the hotel from a photo of the bedding. She also said she received five pizzas she didn’t ask for, ordered to her hotel room using her dead name, Insider’s Rebecca Cohen reported.

Keffals has now fled to an undisclosed location in Europe to avoid harassment, she said on social media.

And in response to the harassment, she led the #DropKiwiFarms country. The campaign demands that Cloudflare cut services to Kiwi Farms, just as it did with neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer in 2017.

A person who claimed responsibility for the crash cited Greene’s position on the rights of transgender youth

On Wednesday morning, Greene was the target of a “swatting” incident.

Police in Rome, Georgia responded to a call saying a man had been shot five times in a bathtub. They arrived at an address in Floyd County, the home of Greene, who met officers at the door. Greene told officers there was no problem, according to a police report shared by the Daily Dot.

Police then received a call from someone using a computer-generated voice who said they had tried to run over Greene in relation to her stance on “transgender youth rights,” according to the police report.

Last week, Greene introduced a bill that would ban gender-affirming care for trans minors. The Child Innocence Protection Act to forbid many medical procedures that treat gender dysphoria in transgender minors.

Marjorie Taylor Greene

Greene is a Republican from Georgia.

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The person who called the police in the computer-generated voice described himself as a Kiwi Farms user with the username “AltisticRight”.

Greene said investigators were unsure of the person’s identity, but nonetheless expressed concern that such a website existed.

“This website should be taken down,” said Greene Newsmax Wednesday. “There shouldn’t be any business or any type of service where you can target your enemy. This is absolutely absurd.”

Greene, Keffals and Cloudflare did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.

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