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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)!
—Paul McGoff[1]
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[2]

Kiwi Farms is an immensely creepy stalking forum run by manchild Joshua Conner Moon out of his mom's house.[3] The people who are stalked are what are known as "lolcows" to the site's userbase or "exceptional individuals".[note 1] 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, but at least DuckDuckGo has blacklisted the site from their searches.[5] Perhaps in anticipation of potential deplatforming (or maybe to make it easier to shit on people anonymously), Kiwifarms appears to have a darkweb .onion domain as of July 2020.

Ableism, transphobia and general shittiness[edit]

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[6]

Critics of Kiwi Farms point out that 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). Hell, even people who are ideologically aligned to them like Mister Metokur get doxed.[7] At least one person has committed suicide after being featured on Kiwi Farms.[6] Perhaps unsurprisingly, several of the site's users proceeded to mock said person.[6][8][9][10]

Kiwi Farms was originally dedicated to monitoringWikipedia the activities of an autistic person named Christine Weston Chandler, more commonly known as "Chris-Chan", who is notorious across the web for her bizarre crossover web comic between video game characters Sonic the HedgehogWikipedia and Pikachu, called "Sonichu".[11]

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", often end up in the "Rat Kings" category, and are often portrayed as either faking their dysphoria or being mentally unstable.[12] 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".[13] For this reason and the fact that there is content that is offensive to the disabled on the forum, Kiwi Farms is considered by some to be a hate speech website. Furthermore, the sign-up page for the site once came with a disclaimer saying "autistics will be laughed at. Trannies will be misgendered. People will try to find where you live."[14] So the community is a bunch of assholes.

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.[15] 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. Much the same there's a minority of people on the site who are far-left Tankies.

According to Alexa, Kiwi Farms receives over a million monthly sessions.[16]

Kiwi Farms was temporarily shut down on January 24, 2017 due to the owner's family getting harassed.[9] However, it was later reopened under the same management.

Genesis of the name[edit]

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.[17] 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.[citation needed]

Joshua Conner Moon[edit]

Joshua Conner Troon Moon

Born on December 9, 1992,[18] Joshua Conner Moon is known as "Null" on the website, and is its administrator.[19]

Views[edit]

Runs in the family[edit]

His own mom was a Kiwi member[30][31] and has been in trouble with the police.[32] She also worked for Keller Williams as a realtor[33] until she was fired when her activity on Kiwi Farms seemingly exposed.[34]

Banned[edit]

Pissed at us[edit]

Kiwi Farms has a thread discussing RationalWiki, which it describes as a "whiny hugbox for spergs and a clusterfuck of never ending drama on a rapidly declining website".[37] Cynical later helpfully labeled the statement as "sarcasm", though it's not clear what part of the statement is supposed to be "sarcastic", especially since he continued to insult us.[38]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. Moon is in fact the owner or co-owner of Lolcow LLC in Florida.[4]

References[edit]

  1. http://archive.is/mtujK#selection-581.0-605.298
  2. https://web.archive.org/web/20170816194220/https://kiwifarms.net/threads/wrong-planet.7692/page-7#post-548420
  3. Debunking Misinformation, a response to a recent Tumblr article
  4. Website Kiwi Farms refuses to surrender data linked to accused Christchurch terrorist Brendan Tarrant: A notorious web forum has refused requests to surrender data from posts about the accused NZ terrorist, instead unleashing a profane rant. by Marnie O’Neill (March 19, 201911:00am) News.com.au.
  5. "Josh Says Duck Duck Go Blacklisted Kiwi Farms.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Kiwi Farms the biggest community of stalkers. (19 Jul 2016). New York Magazine.
  7. Mister Metokur Dox Via Kiwi Farms
  8. Joshua Moon questioned over legal status of Kiwi Farms. (26 Aug 2016). Crocels News.
  9. 9.0 9.1 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).
  10. 10.0 10.1 Twitter shuts down account of cyber-bully Joshua Moon. (19 Nov 2016). Crocels News.
  11. Her fan web comic even has as an entry on Know Your Meme.
  12. Sign up. (17 Feb 2017). Archive.is
  13. Kiwi Farms Twitter account. (23 Jan 2016). Archive.is.
  14. http://archive.is/pytWM
  15. CW: Anti Semitism
  16. http://www.rank2traffic.com/kiwifarms.net
  17. 17.0 17.1 Website Kiwi Farms refuses to surrender data linked to accused Christchurch terrorist Brendan Tarrant
  18. DOB
  19. Null's Page
  20. Josh's Victory Dance
  21. http://archive.is/uwZNR
  22. White Genocide. Archive.is.
  23. http://archive.is/QpvwZ.
  24. http://archive.is/mAOtD
  25. Joshua Null Moon Twitter Account. (15 Nov 2016). Archive.is.
  26. Joshua Moon's extreme comments about killing refugees. (17 Feb 2017). Archive.fo.
  27. Cut Jews Fingers off
  28. Archived From Old Twitter
  29. Josh on Assange Via Twitter
  30. Son Like Mother
  31. His Mom's Profile
  32. https://www.findmugshots.com/arrests/candice_l_potter_id_1575829.html
  33. Keller Williams
  34. She Got Fired
  35. http://twitter.com/kiwifarms
  36. Banned From PayPal but not from Mastercard
  37. RationalWiki thread on Kiwifarms
  38. RationalWiki Kiwi Farms. (Nov 24, 2015). Retrieved December 20, 2017.