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Kiwi Farms

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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)!
—Paul McGoff[1]
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Kiwi Farms is an immensely creepy American internet forum run by a manchild named Joshua Conner Moon out of his mom's house[2] that stalks who the site's users refer to as "lolcows", supposed "internet eccentrics." Think some of the Internet's worst psychopaths projecting their frustration onto minorities, and now that you're picturing GamerGate, think creepier.

History and controversy

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.[3]

Critics of Kiwi Farms point out "lolcows" who end up on the website are digitally stalked, harassed (by having rumours and smears posted about them) and doxed (including full names, birthdays, workplaces, personal social media accounts, and even street addresses and phone numbers). At least one person has committed suicide through hanging after being featured on Kiwi Farms.[3] Perhaps unsurprisingly, several of the site's users proceeded to mock said person.[3][4][5][6]

Kiwi Farms was originally dedicated to monitoring the online activities of an autistic person named Christine Weston Chandler (formerly known as Christian Weston Chandler), more commonly known as "Chris-Chan", who is notorious across the web for her bizarre crossover fanfiction between video game characters Sonic the HedgehogWikipedia's W.svg and Pikachu, called "Sonichu".[7]

Many "lolcows" on the forum have (or are accused of having) autism, and Kiwi Farms derogatorily labels these people "spergs" (after Asperger's syndrome), while transgender "lolcows" are described as the perojative "troons".[8] On its now-banned Twitter account, Kiwi Farms described its purpose as: "Gossip and exploitation of the mentally handicapped for amusement purposes."[9] For this reason, and the fact 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 comes with a disclaimer saying "autistics will be laughed at. Trannies will be misgendered. People will try to find where you live."[10] So therefore, the community generally behaves like assholes.

Posters tend to lean right politically, and some are involved with 4chan and Encyclopædia Dramatica. They also tend to be white males in their 20's and 30's. 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 of the spectrum, the site is also popular with TERFs as a means of receiving the personal information of their targets.

According to Alexa, Kiwi Farms receives over 1 million monthly sessions.[11]

Kiwi Farms was temporarily shut down on January 24th, 2017.[5] However, it has been reopened under the same management.

Genesis of the name

The name "Kiwi Farms" fortunately has nothing to do with kiwi birds, kiwifruit, or people from New Zealand. 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 "CWCki forums."

Joshua Conner Moon

Joshua Conner Troon Moon

The admin of Kiwi Farms, Joshua Conner Moon, lives with his mom[2] and is loosely associated with the alt-right. His @KiwiFarms Twitter account was permanently suspended for racism.[6][12] Moon supports Trump[13][14] and believes in the white genocide conspiracy theory.[15][16] He is a critic of feminism.[17] More controversially, he has posted that Muslims and refugees need to be killed.[18][19] In his defence, some Kiwi Farms users allege these statements are not serious,[citation needed] but it's his choice and consequence to toe the line between being a creepy asshole and making an over-the-top joke.

Pissed at us

Kiwi Farms has a thread discussing RationalWiki. It describes RW as a "Whiny hugbox for spergs and a clusterfuck of neverending drama on a rapidly declining website."[20] Cynical later helpfully labeled the statement as "sarcasm", though it's not clear what part of the statement is supposed to be "sarcastic".[21]

See also

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