The contentious online community Kiwi Farms, which has been called a “stalking and harassing” chat room, has been blocked by Cloudflare (NYSE:NET).
In a blog post, NET CEO Matthew Prince stated that his organization has taken steps to prevent users from seeing Kiwi Farms’ information through its system.
In light of Cloudflare’s position as an Internet infrastructure provider, he stated, “This is an extraordinary decision for us to make and a hazardous one that we are not comfortable with.” However, over the past 48 hours, the rhetoric on the Kiwifarms website and the focused, specific threats have increased to the point where we believe there is an unprecedented emergency and an urgent threat to human life that we have never before seen from Kiwi Farms or any other client.
The action is in response to a social media campaign launched by Canadian Twitch streamer and transgender activist Clara Sorrenti, who urged NET to stop patronizing Kiwi Farms. On Kiwi Farms, Sorrenti allegedly faced intimidation and physical threats, which drove her into hiding.
When the Associated Press previously contacted the forum’s founder for comment regarding the campaign against Kiwi Farms, the founder simply said, “The press is slime.”
In a blog post, Prince stated that the decision to prohibit Kiwi Farms wasn’t a direct outcome of the pressure effort. “Kiwi Farms are protected against DDoS and other intrusions by NET’s security services. We have never served as their host… and we do not think it is fair to terminate security services, even for abhorrent content, “Prince remarked.
He claimed, however, that the language around Kiwi Farms was getting increasingly abrasive. Prince claimed that over the past two weeks, NET had alerted law authorities in a number of places to potential criminal activity and immediate threats to human life posted on Kiwi Farms.
The CEO stated, “We will continue to cooperate closely with law authorities to aid with investigations into the website and users who upload what may be unlawful content there.”
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