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Kiwi Farms
KiwiFarmsLogo.svg
Type of site
Forum
Available inEnglish, with the exception of the 'Internationale Clique' subforum for non-English discussions
OwnerJoshua 'Null' Moon
Websitehttps://kiwifarms.net
Alexa rankIncrease 10,101 (Global, April 2019)[1]
CommercialYes[2]
RegistrationOptional
Launched4 February 2013; 6 years ago (2013-02-04)
Current statusOnline

Kiwi Farms, formerly known as CWCki Forums, is an American Internet forum dedicated to the ongoing harassment and stalking of online figures and communities it deems "lolcows": the eccentric, artistic, or mentally ill.[3]

The targets of threads are often subject to doxing, sealioning and other forms of organized group trolling, including real-life harassment by users.[4][5]

History

The website was originally launched as an imageboard dedicated to autistic transgender webcomic artist Christine Weston Chandler, nicknamed Chris-Chan, who came to prominence in 2007 on 4chan's video game board for Sonichu, a combination of Sonic the Hedgehog from the franchise of the same name and Pikachu from the Pokémon series.[4]

On January 24, 2017, the website was briefly shut down after investigative work by Samuel Collingwood Smith (also known online as Vordrak and Matthew Hopkins), who in the previous year had been awarded £10,000 in defamation damages by UK courts against Encyclopedia Dramatica users “LikeICare” and “KiwiDynastia".[6] The site was reopened roughly a month later.[citation needed]

Controversies

Suicide of Chloe Sagal

In 2013, video game developer Chloe Sagal became a target of Kiwi Farms after EuroGamer.net reported Sagal's Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign had been flagged for "suspicious activity", having raised over $30,000 for an alleged metal poisoning treatment to remove shrapnel from a car accident and it was found that Sagal had actually intended to use the proceeds for sex reassignment surgery. Sagal later committed suicide by self-immolation on June 19, 2018.[7][8]

Christchurch mosque shootings

In March 2019, Kiwi Farms became notable for republishing both the livestream and the manifesto of Brenton Tarrant, the perpetrator of the 2019 Christchurch mosque shootings. Shortly after, Moon publicly denied a request by New Zealand Police to voluntarily hand over all data on posts relating to the shooting, including the IP addresses of posters and their emails.[9] Moon responded aggressively, calling New Zealand a "shithole country",[9] and stated that he does not "give a single solitary fuck what section 50 of your faggot law says about sharing your email".[10][11]

Moon's response garnered mixed to negative reception. New Zealand publications that covered the story criticized Moon for his rudeness and unwillingness to cooperate with law enforcement; Newshub called Moon's message "aggressive" and "mocking".[12]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Kiwifarms.net Traffic, Demographics and Competitors – Alexa". www.alexa.com. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  2. ^ Moon, Joshua. "Ad discussion". Kiwi Farms. Retrieved 18 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Kiwi Farms Lolcow Flowchart". knowyourmeme.com. knowyourmeme.com. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Pless, Margaret (July 19, 2016). "Kiwi Farms, the Web's Biggest Community of Stalkers". Intelligencer. New York Magazine. Retrieved May 12, 2019.
  5. ^ Shepherd, Marshall (March 17, 2019). "'Sealioning' Is A Common Trolling Tactic On Social Media--What Is It?". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved July 5, 2019.
  6. ^ Corefield, Gareth (July 29, 2016). "Encyclopedia Dramatica user hit with £10k damages after calling ex-councillor a 'paedo'". The Register.
  7. ^ Katzowitz, Josh (June 25, 2018). "Transgender game developer who'd been bullied online dies by suicide". The Daily Dot. Retrieved May 18, 2019.
  8. ^ Fogel, Stefanie (June 26, 2018). "Video Game Developer Dies After Setting Herself on Fire". Variety. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Bayer, Kurt. "Owner of notorious 8chan internet site in bid to deflect blame for role in Christchurch mosque terror attacks". New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 7 May 2019.
  10. ^ O'Neill, Marnie (19 March 2019). "Website Kiwi Farms refuses to surrender data linked to accused Christchurch terrorist Brendan Tarrant". news.com.au. Archived from the original on 18 March 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Christchurch mosque shootings: Website Kiwi Farms refuses to surrender data linked to accused". The New Zealand Herald. Archived from the original on 18 March 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Kiwi Farms website refuses to help police in Christchurch terror case". Newshub. March 18, 2019.

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