2nd Web Hosting Provider Drops Harassing Site Kiwi Farms | Economic news

NEW YORK (AP) — A Russia-based provider cut web protection services to Kiwi Farms on Monday, becoming the second provider in two days to drop the notorious harassing and harassing site and make it inaccessible on the public Internet. .

DDoS-Guard said it doesn’t have to decide whether sites break laws and normally only restricts access to a site in cases such as receiving a court order. The company said it acted this time, however, after receiving “multiple” complaints.

“After analyzing the site’s content, we have decided to terminate DDoS protection services” for a version of the Kiwi Farms site with a Russian .ru domain name, the company said. The .ru site, registered in mid-July, was working intermittently after Cloudfare cut services on Saturday.

The site, created and operated by 29-year-old Joshua Conner Moon, has been a rallying point for the vicious harassment and doxxing of transgender people, feminists and people of color.

The taking Kiwi Farms – both providers protect websites against distributed denial of service and other attacks – offline followed a fierce outrage campaign led by Canadian transgender Twitch streamer Clara Sorrenti.

Cloudfare CEO Matthew Prince said in a blog post on Saturday that he was troubled by the free speech implications of the effective removal of Kiwi Farms, an about-face after defending earlier in the week his decision not to cut the forum. But he said escalating threats targeted at the site have created a “immediate threat to human life” dimensions his company had never seen.

Sorrenti, who goes by “Keffals” online, fled her home in Canada last month, only for online stalkers to find her in Northern Ireland and escalate their harassment.

On Monday, Sorrenti tweeted that she would have a final update on the campaign against Kiwi Farms.

“We won,” she said.

It was unclear if Kiwi Farms would try to find another service provider or if its users might start congregating on a new forum.

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James S. Joseph