Kiwi Farms, the web forum focused on harassment of people, especially trans people, will no longer benefit from web services from Cloudflare, which today kicked him. After being involved in multiple suicides and with ongoing hate and abuse campaigns grab headlinesthe “worst site in the world” must now find other ways to stay online.
Attempts to access the site currently result in an error message:
Matthew Price of Cloudflare writes:
This is an extraordinary decision for us to make and, given Cloudflare’s role as an Internet infrastructure provider, a dangerous decision that we are not comfortable with. However, the rhetoric on the Kiwifarms site and the specific and targeted threats have escalated over the past 48 hours to the point where we believe there is an unprecedented urgency and immediate threat to human life contrary to what we believe. have seen before from Kiwifarms or any other customer before.
Kiwi Farms is not hosted by Cloudflare and can escape blocking by updating its records in the Internet Domain Name System to detach from Cloudflare. But then it will be easier for hackers, DDOS and anyone looking for it online.
Cloudflare (which we use at Boing Boing) has become a key service for popular websites, and Prince’s statement alludes to its efforts to position itself as an unbiased common carrier and critical infrastructure. But it has threw disgusting customers in the past, including the Nazi site Daily Stormer and the general purpose shithole 8chan, so the sudden and growing mainstream notoriety of Kiwi Farms put enormous pressure on Cloudfare to stop protecting it. I’ve written before about why private companies can’t guarantee free speech, even if they want to, precisely because of the business realities that Price describes as dangerous and uncomfortable.