This is a dangerous moment in internet history. The line between its destruction, at the VERY LEAST in principle, and continued existence is in the air.. And all most people can think about is how much they don't like what a bunch of people post in their own little corner of the net.
For those who aren't aware, kiwifarms is a website that was ostensibly a gossip forum, but in practice often ended up being used for cyberstalking and harassment. They would frequently harass and doxx people. Their wikipedia page covers parts of it: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiwi_Farms
Their, now banned, official twitter page said their goal was “exploitation of the mentally handicapped for amusement purposes”. ( Source: https://archive.is/jYp5p ).
I think Kiwifarms is (borderline) criminal. Null, the admin of the site, outright said he was ok with users posting stolen financial information, such as Social Security Numbers and Credit cards. Source:
https://archive.is/0fOcS . There are many examples of this
I would describe them as operating with a paper thin layer of "plausible" deniability. Officially you aren't allowed to harass or interact with the targets. But posting their home address, stolen passwords, phone numbers, and information about relatives is all allowed.
But even the rule against interacting with "lolcows" (called "cowtipping") is haphazardly enforced. For example, one user had sex with a "lolcow" and posted photos. The admin explicitly said they would allow the content to remain up: https://archive.is/zYnpK#35%
> Today we filed an official complaint against @henet (Hurricane Electric) with the @AGOWA (Attorney General of Washington State) over their censorship of legal and protected speech. We have also reached out to the @EFF who has previously shown support in protecting the foundation of free speech on the internet.
> Free speech is for everyone, even those you disagree with. Dropping routes to a subnet in the middle of the night with no notice and with no prior complaints or concerns expressed is not a way to do business. Under Washington State House Bill 2282, ISPs may not "Block lawful content"
The speech concerned is the hosting of the website Kiwi Farms. Their statement:
The third one, Byuu, is a bit more nuanced. From all the information that is publicly available about the incident, there has been zero primary sources that confirm or deny their death. All headlines that I could find cite USAtoday their source, whose only source is a man named Hector Martin, who essentially just said "trust me bro" on twitter. The most concrete evidence to Byuu's death is a single picture of an urn that was taken and posted months after the fact, supposedly taken by their former employer who was living in a completely different country at the time.
He's not doing this for any grand moral reason, it's driven primarily by self-interest.