Cloudflare Takes Down Trolling Forum Kiwi Farms

Daniel Attoe
Daniel Attoe

Updated · Sep 05, 2022

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The provider reversed an earlier decision not to block the notorious hate site based on an increase in “specific, targeted threats”.

Escalating Threats

Cloudflare, a US-based integrity security and performance provider, said on Sunday that it had pulled its service from Kiwi Farms. The online forum has become infamous for trolling and hate. 

Cloudflare announced this on Sunday, just days after it publicly resisted calls to block the site, saying it would be an abuse of power. Restricting Kiwi Farms’ content from being accessed through its infrastructure effectively forced the forum offline, at least temporarily.

The CDN provider said it felt compelled to act in the light of further developments. 

“The rhetoric on the Kiwifarms site and specific, targeted threats have escalated over the last 48 hours to the point that we believe there is an unprecedented emergency and immediate threat to human life unlike we have previously seen from Kiwifarms or any other customer before,” it said in a statement.

A transgender political commentator, Clara Sorrenti, was targeted by members of the site in a revolting harassment campaign. Following a swatting attack, she went into hiding and began a counterattack, calling on Cloudflare to drop the forum.

In justifying its reluctance, Cloudflare initially stated it would be a “wrong policy” to drop Kiwi Farms based on its activities, even if they were despicable. Following the U-turn, it said that “escalating threats” to the YouTuber’s life forced its hand. Consequently, it will no longer offer cybersecurity and DDoS protection to the forum.

A National Security Analyst for NBC, Frank Figliuzzi, reported that Kiwi Farms has moved to a Russian alternative.

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Daniel Attoe

Daniel Attoe

Daniel is an Economics grad who fell in love with tech. His love for books and reading pushed him into picking up the pen - and keyboard. Also a data analyst, he's taking that leap into data science and machine learning. When not writing or studying, chances are that you'll catch him watching football or face-deep in an epic fantasy novel.

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