Front Burner

The takedown of harassment site Kiwi Farms

As the site known for its users’ harassment campaigns struggles to stay online, we take a closer look at Kiwi Farms and the campaign to get it off the internet.
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Kiwi Farms describes itself as a 'community dedicated to discussing eccentric people who voluntarily make fools of themselves.' (PabloLagarto/Shutterstock)

Notorious stalking and harassment site Kiwi Farms has been hacked and taken offline again, less than a month after the website security and hosting provider Cloudflare dropped it, citing an "unprecedented emergency and immediate threat to human life." 

Kiwi Farms had risen to prominence after Canadian trans activist and Twitch streamer Clara Sorrenti was swatted in her London, Ont., home this past summer. Sorrenti organized a pressure campaign to remove Kiwi Farms from the internet, calling it "a matter of public safety for every single person online." 

Today, Alejandra Caraballo of the Harvard Law Cyberlaw Clinic explains how Kiwi Farms was able to operate for so long, and outlines the efforts to keep it offline.