MTG joins trans activists in demanding ‘swatting’ website shut down

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) speaks during a press conference after touring the Holocaust Museum outside the U.S. Capitol on June 14, 2021.
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  • Kiwi Farms is a trolling website that primarily targets transgender and neurodiverse people.
  • MAGA rep Marjorie Taylor Greene wants Kiwi Farms taken offline after police visit over 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 that New York Magazine has called “the web’s largest stalker community.” But, on Wednesday, an unlikely ally joined the fight to have the notorious transphobic forum taken 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 website-linked ‘swatting’ incident by police .

“WHAT IS HAPPENING,” Clara “Keffals” Sorrenti, a Twitch streamer and #DropKiwiFarms campaign leader, 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.

But what exactly is Kiwi Farms, and why is it in the news?

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

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

Last week, Insider reported on the use of Kiwi Farms in harassing trans and armed alpaca breeders in Custer County, Colorado.

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

Following the June 2021 death by 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, transgender activist and Twitch streamer Clara Sorrenti – also known as ‘Keffals’ – said she had to go into hiding after a months-long doxxing campaign against her on Kiwi Farms escalated into a terrifying “swatting” incident.

Swatting is the act of sending the police to an unsuspecting victim’s home under false pretenses. It takes its name from the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) division of the police – the type of police units typically called in to deal with active shooters and similar situations.

Clara Sorrenti said she feared for her life after armed police came to her home following an anonymous report from a troll.
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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 order in her hotel room, ordered under her dead name, Insider’s Rebecca Cohen reported.

Keffals has now escaped to an undisclosed location in Europe to avoid harassment, she announced 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.

The ‘swatter’ took issue with Greene’s stance 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 reassured officers there was no problem, according to a police report shared by the Daily Dot.

Police then received a follow-up call from the suspect using a computer-generated voice who said they were trying to crush him in relation to his stance on “transgender youth rights”, according to the police report.

Last week, Greene introduced a bill banning gender-affirming care for trans minors. The “Protection of the Innocence of Children Act” to forbid many medical procedures that treat gender dysphoria in transgender minors.

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Republican from Georgia
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The suspect claimed he was a Kiwi Farms user, stating his username was “AltisticRight”.

Greene said investigators aren’t sure the suspect is who they claim to be, but have nonetheless expressed concern that such a website exists.

Talk to Newsmax Wednesday, she said, “This website needs to be taken down. There shouldn’t be any business or any type of service where you can target your enemy. This is absolutely nonsense.”

Insider reached out to Greene, Keffals, and Cloudflare for comment but did not immediately receive a response.

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