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Liz Truss will be the next prime minister of the United Kingdom after winning most votes in the Conservative Party leadership contest, succeeding Boris Johnson who resigned in July after a series of scandals.

Truss defeated rival Rishi Sunak with 81,326 votes to 60,399 among party members and will take over as leader on Tuesday, as Britons face mounting economic and social crisis.

She pledged action to tackle the crisis in a short victory speech at a conference center in London on Monday. Without offering details, Truss promised a "bold plan" to cut taxes and build economic growth, and "deliver on the energy crisis, dealing with people's energy bills but also dealing with the long-term issues we have on energy supply."

Monday's announcement ends weeks of bitter campaigning during which Sunak, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer (finance minister), accused the Foreign Secretary of risking a prolonged recession if she goes ahead with her promised tax cuts.......
 

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Kiwi Farms all but finished after bill comes due for years of trolling and harassment

Darrell Lucus

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What users see when trying to access Kiwi Farms

There’s an old saying, “You play with the bull, you get the horns.” One of the most noxious corners of the tubes learned that the hard way this weekend. Kiwi Farms, a message board notorious for vicious and criminal harassment of vulnerable people—especially trans people—was essentially driven out of existence over the weekend. In the wake of heightened scrutiny over Kiwi Farms’ tactics, multiple companies cut ties with the site, rendering it all but inaccessible.

The beginning of the end came when Cloudflare, which protected Kiwi Farms from DDoS attacks, dropped Kiwi Farms (diaried here) after increasingly threatening posts led Cloudflare to reverse its initial decision to continue working with the site. In the last 24 hours, multiple companies, including its replacement DDoS protector, cut ties with the site as well. It as been offline since late Sunday night/early Monday morning, and the site’s founder and administrator suggests it may be awhile before it comes back—if it does come back.

Kiwi Farms has been infamous for using reams of online data to dox and swat people, with trans people coming under particular scorn. The site’s harassment campaigns have been linked to at least three suicides.

But Kiwi Farms may have finally met its match in Twitch streamer and trans activist Clara “Keffals” Sorrenti, who has been the target of a particularly relentless campaign of doxing and swatting after she spoke out against the raft of transphobic legislation in the United States. The harassment continued even when she fled her native Canada to the United Kingdom. Undeterred, Sorrenti started a campaign to get Cloudflare to pull its services from Kiwi Farms.

Cloudflare initially refused to do so because—wait for it—it claimed its decisions to pull services from noxious sites like Daily Stormer and 8chan led dictatorships to pressure it to pull services from human rights sites. In Cloudflare’s twisted and patently insulting view, dropping sites like Kiwi Farms, whose stock in trade is targeting the marginalized, potentially endangered those speaking for the marginalized. However, Cloudflare reversed course on Saturday night due to the increasingly threatening tone of Kiwi Farms posts. According to Cloudflare CEO Matthew Prince, while law enforcement was on the case, things were escalating too rapidly for Cloudflare to wait. Translation—Prince knew that his company could have potentially been sued out of existence if Sorrenti or anyone else were gravely injured or killed as a result of Kiwi Farms’ tactics.

On Sunday afternoon, Keffals tweeted that another important part of Kiwi Farms’ infrastructure had cut the cord. Namely, hCaptcha, which provided Kiwi Farms with services to keep bots from signing up for accounts.



Kiwi Farms had managed to get DDoS protection via Russia-based company DDoS Guard—but even that was only enough to keep the site online intermittently. By late Sunday night, however, the site had gone offline. According to British Internet security expert Kevin Beaumont, this was because DDoS Guard had pulled its protection.



This was subsequently confirmed by Yuri Litvienko, the media and tech reporter at one of the few independent media sources left in Russia, Kommersant—the Russian counterpart of The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, and Bloomberg News.



Beaumont later obtained DDoS Guard’s full statement.



In a lengthy post just before Kiwi Farms went offline, site founder Josh Moon claimed that a multitude of problems made it very likely that it will be awhile before the site returns. Indeed, literally as he was typing it, he was notified that DDoS Guard had dropped him.



Harvard Law’s Alejandra Caraballo saw a similar statement on Kiwi Farms’ Telegram feed, and noticed something that made her think this site could be dead for good. Apparently Kiwi Farms’ IPs are hosted in Australia—and if APNIC pulls them, Kiwi Farms might never come back.



Whether Moon can get back online is the least of his worries. It’s only a matter of time before we see Kiwi Farms posters being arrested, and Keffals has given a pretty loud indication that she intends to pursue civil action; she’s started a GoFundMe campaign to fund her legal expenses.

Let’s be frank—this is one site that needed to be canceled. Slate put it best on Sunday night—this is actually a victory for free speech. At risk of sounding like a broken record—an environment in which people are bludgeoned into silence by harassment and trolling is not conducive to free speech.

Kiwi Farms has been around since 2013. And on the face of it, it looks like it was brought to its knees in a mere 72 hours. NBC News profiled Kiwi Farms’ harassment of Keffals on Friday afternoon. And by Sunday night/Monday morning, it was in a full death spiral. This, friends, is what democracy looks like.