| Frogs, clowns and swastikas|
|Rebuilding the Reich, one meme at a time|
|Buzzwords and dogwhistles|
“”I bet the police and FBI love Josh.
Nothing makes law enforcement happier than websites that distribute how-to guides on making convincing terror threats (with handy email services for sending the threats), as well as detailed stories about child sexual abuse murder. Bonus! Now their members actually kill children (after chatting with Josh)!
“”When you put something stupid/embarrassing/whatever on the internet, it's on the internet forever. After you put it out there, it becomes ours. We own it. And if we feel like digging it up and laughing at it, we will. And if you decide to chimp out over that, we will love you for it with all our hearts, and you too will become ours. And when something is ours, it's ours forever. We might get bored with it and put it down. We might play with it a little too hard and break it. But it never stops being ours, and someday in the future we'll remember it, and pick it back up again.
Would you like to become ours, my dear?
|—Kiwi Farms user Dynastia, really convinced they're sounding off like a badass anime villain|
Kiwi Farms is a right-wing harassment site linked to several minority suicides as well as the Christchurch terrorist attacks. That's about all you need to know, really.
More? Alright. Kiwi Farms is an immensely creepy stalking forum run by...who gives a shit? The people who are stalked are what are known as "lolcows" to the site's userbase. Think some of the Internet's worst assholes projecting their frustration onto minorities, and now that you're picturing GamerGate, think creepier.
There hasn't been much action taken on Kiwi Farms despite their being responsible for harming people and even taking their lives.
Ableism, transphobia and general shittiness
“”Consider that across the forums there are multiple warnings to members to conceal their identity. For KFers, anonymity isn't a choice but a necessity — they know what they're doing is probably illegal, and that their anonymity insulates them from any consequences. They know their "entertainment" harms vulnerable people, which is why some of them felt bad when that one target hanged herself. But, most important, they know that if their anonymity were compromised, their own community might eat them alive.
|—Margaret Pless, writing for New York Magazine about the questionable legality of the site users' actions|
The "Lolcows" who end up on the website are digitally stalked, harassed (by having rumors and smears posted about them) and doxed (including full names, birthdays, workplaces, personal social media accounts, and even street addresses and phone numbers). Occasionally, people who are ideologically aligned to them get doxxed too. At least four people have committed suicide after being featured on Kiwi Farms. Perhaps unsurprisingly, several of the site's users proceeded to mock these people.
Kiwi Farms was originally dedicated to monitoring the activities of an autistic person named Christine Weston Chandler, more commonly known as "Chris-Chan", who was notorious across the web for her bizarre crossover web comic between video game characters Sonic the Hedgehog and Pikachu, called "Sonichu". Christine would eventually be arrested for allegedly raping her mother, using evidence that had been posted by Kiwi Farms. Why anyone believes Kiwi Farms' word on that is anybody's guess.
Many "Lolcows" on the forum have (or in most cases, are simply accused of having) autism, and Kiwi Farms derogatorily labels these people as "spergs" (after Asperger's syndrome). Transgender "Lolcows" are described as the pejorative "troons" or "trannies", and are often portrayed as either faking their dysphoria or being mentally unstable. Most "cows" are described as what are known as "exceptional individuals", coined after a post filter was installed to replace the word "retards". On its now-banned Twitter account, Kiwi Farms described its purpose as "gossip and exploitation of the mentally handicapped for amusement purposes".
Kiwi Farms' harassment goes beyond gender and neurological minorities. They target asexual people, despite them not being the most common target of abuse, having a thread on AVEN. The site's members will also target people with medical blogs (primarily women) by accusing them of exaggerating or even faking their illnesses. They target beauty gurus, artists and cosplayers, and regularly engage in fat shaming and looks discrimination.
Posters tend to lean right politically. Many posters are far-right, and some are involved with 4chan and Encyclopædia Dramatica. They also tend to be white males in their 20's and 30's, and much like their dear leader, they're also antisemitic. Despite the site's rampant transphobia, a sizable minority of its users are trans people who love to point out how any trans person they don't like isn't really trans. On the other end, the site is also popular with TERFs as a means of receiving the personal information on their targets. If we are to believe an earlier version of this page, there's apparently a minority of people on the site who are far-left Tankies.
According to Alexa, Kiwi Farms receives over a million monthly sessions.
On June 27, 2021, Near[note 1], the developer of the popular SNES emulator higan took their own life after a 3 year long harassment campaign by the site.. The forums responded largely with mockery and outright denial of the suicide in the first place, even as repeated evidence came forward that Near indeed committed suicide. In response, the site got DDOSed the next couple of days, and lost Dreamhost as its domain registrar which led the site to move to Cloudflare for its hosting.
Genesis of the name
The name "Kiwi Farms" fortunately has nothing to do with kiwi birds, kiwifruit, or people from New Zealand, where it has been blocked since March 2019 for spreading the Christchurch shooter's video and manifesto. In fact, the forum was originally known as the "CWCki Forums". (The CWCki is a wiki dedicated to "monitoring" the aforementioned Christine Chandler.) The site was christened "Kiwi Farms" to mock someone with a speech impediment saying the original name.
Why do they do it?
Because they're bullies.
As highlighted above, they're hypocrites. The vast majority of Kiwi Farms' users are incelibate and living in their mother's basement. For example, Joshua Conner Moon not only lives with his parents, but is also allegedly a Pedophile. Their only coping mechanism as is with other bullies is to target people they deem worse off than they are themselves to bolster their sense of superiority. Christine is a prime example since she is by far the lowest of the low which helps the forum denizens feel better about themselves.
Further, they target anyone from minority groups more often simply for existing because they tend to be politically incorrect, whether they were sucked into the alt-right pipeline or not is still up to debate. They'd love nothing more than for you to believe the hype that they're those cool Internet tricksters whom polite society can't handle, but when it all comes down to it, they're just egotistical assholes who hate themselves and wished they were adored by everyone.
If you are a target
It can get hard to be bombarded with hate and insults day in and day out by KFers for no other reason than because it gives them dopamine rush. If, for some or no reason, the site were to set their sights on you, the first thing to do is to ask yourself this one question: Why give a shit what these people think? Outside of extreme cases where they might be dangerous, they're mostly creepy assholes who aren't worth your or anyone's headspace. Should they try to get under your skin, laugh in their face, report and move on. These people, should they be considered as such, don't deserve to be listened to.
Pissed at us
Kiwi Farms has a thread discussing RationalWiki, which it describes as...well, who gives a shit? By this point we hope it's crystal-clear that those people don't matter and neither does what they think. Energy expended on them is better spent doing something good in the world, so go do that.
- /pol/, The site's ancestor
- lolcow, the site victims
- Encyclopædia Dramatica, much the same thing in wiki form
- Formerly known as byuu.
- Kiwi Farms the biggest community of stalkers. (19 Jul 2016). New York Magazine.
- The Brilliant SNES Emulator Author Known As Near Has Died, Kotaku
- Joshua Moon questioned over legal status of Kiwi Farms. (26 Aug 2016). Crocels News.
- Notorious forum Kiwi Farms closed following alleged harassment of founder’s family by William Hicks (24 Jan 2017) |Heat Street (archived from January 29, 2017).
- Twitter shuts down account of cyber-bully Joshua Moon. (19 Nov 2016). Crocels News.
- Its entry on Know Your Meme.
- Christine Chandler arrested on suspicion of incest
- Sign up. (17 Feb 2017). Archive.is
- Kiwi Farms Twitter account. (23 Jan 2016). Archive.is.
- CW: Anti Semitism
- The Silicon Valley quest to preserve Stephen Hawking's voice, San Fransisco Chronicle
- A message about Near from a mutual friend. Google Doc of the situation.
- Near's Twitter account
- No, we won't link to threads.
- kiwifarms.net whois lookup, who.is, Archived on 28 July 2021.
- Website Kiwi Farms refuses to surrender data linked to accused Christchurch terrorist Brendan Tarrant
- The Mind Behind the Bully: The Psychology of Bullying
- Opinion on Kiwi Farms?