The Updated dossier on Kiwi Farms has been hidden from public view following a complaint. The irony of people who doxxed us complaining about being doxxed is never lost on me but social media platforms prove time and time again, they’ve picked a side.
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It’s been at least 3 years since I deleted my facebook account. It was probably one of the best things I’ve ever done in my life, and I’ve never regretted it. I remember when facebook first came on the scene and how most people, including myself, readily bought into it. The majority of people saw it as a positive thing with a small proportion acknowledging it was evil but worth it. I came across maybe one or two people who’d flat out rejected it and recognised it for the data harvesting, face recognising privacy hackjob it was. Of course those people were mercilessly ripped for their paranoia and told they were losing it/out but I guess they won in the end.
I guess data wasn’t my biggest concern, being a nobody who had nothing. I hadn’t anticipated the racism or misogyny I now know informs the tiny minds of Silicon Valley tech bosses. I tried to tell people in 2013 the world of racist misogynist gamers from the chan networks was enhanced and supported by social media bosses and at that stage there really weren’t too many of them and we could do something if we put our heads together. I was convinced they were working with people at facebook and Twitter but was largely dismissed and mocked for it, because I was potentially taking attention away from the real issue. I had never felt so alone and crazy but as time has gone on I’ve felt less crazy and weird because I was right.
I reported this message to Facebook back then and was told it didn’t violate their community standards. It was the final straw and something I would never forgive. On numerous occasions members of my resistance group suggested I set up a fake facebook account to create a group to fight nazis, specifically Kiwi Farms, and I refused, because I detest facebook and its entire ethos, from banning the nipple to platforming fascists and repeatedly victimising marginalised users with their indifference to criminal behaviour. I knew they would not allow any resistance to fascism, given their pivotal role in the whole Cambridge Analytica facade and prominent support of fascists worldwide. Nonetheless a page was set up by a member of our group, because everyone is on facebook and the potential for information sharing is unparalleled.
Facebook responded by locking the creator of that group out of their personal account. They went in to their security details and changed the mobile number to one that is no longer active and so cannot receive security questions for authenticated login. This person has had to cancel their bank cards because they were associated with the account and if facebook is fucking about with security details then they are absolutely not to be trusted with any personal/banking information. There were over 4000 followers on the personal account, a following they’ve built through their journalistic work, all gone because facebook loves nazis, and doesn’t care that people have been murdered and pushed to suicide. There is no explanation, no recourse to dispute resolution, only a number for their London team that is permanently engaged.
Our resistance fighter has cut their losses and learnt a valuable lesson, in their own words:
“I think we need to accept that we can no longer rely on these platforms as they clearly have their own right wing agenda. Seems to me the best thing to do is to create our own platforms?”
You don’t need to tell me, I’ve been waiting impatiently for everyone to get with the program instead of wailing about it (as I did in 2013) like the doomed Cassandra I am.
Facebook and Twitter are platforms for white supremacists. Personally I’m banking on a doomsday glitch that wipes out the entire internet and forces us to reconnect with the earth and each other. Imagine how long these dorks and dweebs would last without security gates and crypto-currencies? In a survival of the fittest apocalypse scenario these popped collars aren’t gonna last every long.
Facebook isn’t passively disrupting our work, it is actively clamping down on resistance. It has picked a side and made an enemy of us too. Show victims of Kiwi Farms you care by deleting your account and possibly giving them a call – 0203 386 6000 – and registering your disgust, if you can get through to them that is. Solidarity, altruism, working together for the greater good, that terrifies the nazis and their sympathisers/enablers but there hasn’t been enough of it and yet it’s the only thing that will turn the tide.
On a walk recently with my dog I walked past some graffiti that made me stop and look back, because I felt like it had negative connotations, even though I could not remember exactly what. I took a picture and spent hours trawling through google, sending it to my friends, some of them seasoned anti-fascists. Nobody could place it and some even suggested it might be just a tag. I eventually found its origins and felt sick at what I discovered.
This symbol represents Wolfsangel SS, a division of the SS and it depicts a wolf trap. It was used by the Nazis in world war 2. It is not so easily recognised as the swastika and this is a tactic used by cowardly Nazis, to pick something so obscure so only they know its true meaning, whilst they operate in plain site.
On my next visit to the park I showed the image to as many dog walkers as I could, to inform them of its sinister roots. One person said they had no idea that it was so scary, they’d assumed it was just a 4 attached to a 7, and they’d seen it dotted around all over the area. I advised they carry a marker or similar with them on their visits, to cover it up and they agreed.
I was at the park again today, telling another regular about it when they asked me if I’d seen the news about the gun discovered in our park. Apparently it was a Luger, a German weapon used by the ‘German Empire’.. like, what the actual fuck. To make matters worse, it was loaded. A member of our community reported it. The West Midlands Police report seems to tie it in with regular gun crime, not far right white supremacist extremism, which leads me to question whether they’re being wilfully obtuse (they’re not exactly a shining example of race relations in the community) or just dense, having not connected the dots between Nazi paraphernalia and their apparent presence in the area.
I thought it would be enough to cover their symbols up in passive resistance but I’m not so sure now. We need an antifascist front actively manning the park and surrounding areas, an organised resistance, an antifa neighbourhood watch. The park lies on an area of land that is bordered by racially segregated communities, but also divided by class. On one side there is the white working class, or as locals call it ‘the co-op end’, on another, a fairly affluent white middle class, but there is also the ethnic side, Muslims, South Asians, Arabs and Irish.. if there were ever a race war, it would be quick and bloody, with little chance for escape.
I would like to ask all anti-fascists (or people opposed to fascism) to renew their local links and make themselves a force to be reckoned with. Nazis only bluster about for as long as we let them, they’re mostly cowards at heart who take their cues from fascists in the state and media, which is why they were silent for the most part during my childhood. I was born and raised here and asides from the NF making themselves a nuisance during the 80s, I was blissfully unaware of the contempt a significant number of white people have for other ethnicities in this country.
If things are this bleak in an area known for its progressive culture and community I dread to think what it must be like in the scarier parts of town. It makes me want to leave the house even less than I already do. We have to make ourselves safe, we cannot rely on the authorities or they’d have nipped the nazi problem in the bud when it was still masquerading as ethics in gaming.
For the past fortnight or so, victims of Kiwi Farms have been reaching out to Brendan Eich and staff at Brave to see if we could appeal to their humanity and make them understand, that a group of nazi incels who’ve targeted over 1700 people for the purpose of harassment and stalking – owing to their protected characteristics – is wrong and should not be enabled via their service. It has taken many months if not years to have Joshua Conner Moon and his merry band of fledgling terrorists removed from social media platforms, they’ve had free reign for so long.
We’re not stupid, we know there’s a high likelihood we are appealing to the very same people who set up and bankrolled the nazis. They’re all white men, from the same corners of the world, with the same chip on their shoulder about their alleged supremacy. They run Twitter and Facebook, as I found out this morning when I tried to log on and was met with this screen.
They reported these tweets, clearly hyperbolic, but they will argue their feelings were hurt and it gave them undue stress because if there is one thing white men are good at, it’s playing the victim. That second tweet it looks like I’m advocating for the killing of Muslims, that I’m targeting Muslims, but I was referring to Aung San Suu Kyi and how she will never kill all the Muslims, they will prevail. Imagine punishing *me* for attacking Muslims.. These tweets are old, nothing to do with them. That means someone went through my entire feed to try and find *something* to beat me with. They sure are rattled.
Brendan Eich referred to us as trolls and reported us for harassment, which is a fucking irony given that this is exactly what we have been subjected to for a number of years, abuses that Eich himself is extending by allowing Kiwi Farms the means by which to get funding. Eich wants to get rich off all the nazis, paedophiles and terrorist monsters the rest of the web have been forced to reject.
He’s found his niche, having invested $30 million of his own money into the business, Eich is neither ignorant to the pernicious nature of these forums nor does he care, he just wants to profit off them. It would seem as though Brendan Eich is building a business for the sole purpose of funding Nazis like Joshua Conner Moon when other streams run dry. Eich refuted the claims on Twitter saying:
Considering it’s on the front page of Yahoo News, I’d think about suing.
Brendan Eich and his ilk need to be reminded we live in a world where tolerance is a peace treaty; in a civilised society we have laws to remind us of our limits, otherwise the entire structure falls down. If we are attacked we have the right to self defence. If our friends and families are fair game, then so are theirs.
We refuse to be victimised anymore, we’re taking back that power. Anything else would mean admitting defeat and letting these cowards win.
(Well Brendan, if the world was actually working and rules mattered, and laws had been applied, you’d have a point. No justice, no peace)
Hampshire constabulary is under investigation for institutional racism, with a staggering 19 members of staff alleged to have used prejudiced and inappropriate language. The complaint was filed by another one of their employees. Given the structural racism minorities are acutely aware of, this whistleblower deserves to be commended and supported through this trying time.When there are so many offenders concentrated in one place, we have to ask whether this case will be treated with the impartiality it requires, or whether it speaks to a culture in the workplace.
In all honesty I was surprised to find it was Hampshire constabulary they were referring to. My thoughts immediately went to West Midlands Police, or even The Met, given my personal experiences of their non existent race relations. Having been on the receiving end of racist abuse, from individual officers, to the inadequate response I was given when I reported nazi forums stacked with fascists threatening to rape and kill me, I can categorically state, the cops are the fascists, more often than not. They hate women, and minorities, we put ourselves at further risk whenever we interact with them, especially when we are seeking help.
The police force attracts a certain type of individual. Someone who is looking to settle scores, someone who wants the power to act with impunity. Very rarely you meet someone who genuinely wants to better their community, or a minority who wants to bridge the gap between the authorities and their marginalised group but these people, if they manage to hold on to their principles, usually leave and move on to teaching or social services. They realise they cannot change the system from within, it is too white, too patriarchal, too violent to contend with.
Consider this piece, in which the head of the national police chief’s council is quoted as saying hate crimes distract from the police’s core role (protecting her majesty’s estates?) which apparently involves responding to emergencies (how many of those are hate crimes?) and investigating burglaries (I’ve been burgled twice, prior to austerity cuts, and the cops were useless).
In actual fact, I agree with Ms Thornton. I don’t think the cops should be the ones to solve hate crimes, I don’t think they have the range of feeling you need to provide care and protection to vulnerable victims. I don’t think they are capable of treating rape and sexual violence with the sensitivity it requires. When we consider that cops are 5 times more likely to commit domestic abuse, and probably sexual violence too (not forgetting racism), when we pay attention to the sheer number of cops popping up in the mainstream media, for sexual abuse, for neglect of victims, and other hate crimes, case in point, then it is absurd that we expect these exceptionally troubled people to empathise with us when we are at our most vulnerable.
In the wake of the New Zealand mosque attack a narrative is emerging that perhaps seeks to minimise the causes for these acts of terror. Facebook has taken down 1.5 million copies of the video clip filmed by the white supremacist terrorist as he slaughtered his victims. The Guardian suggests it is “highlighting the enormous challenge involved in keeping violent and offensive material off social networks”. Funny, I was banned for calling someone a rat on Twitter, I’d had previous suspensions for telling someone to eat his own weiner in retaliation to racist and sexist threats and with regards to fb in particular, I closed my account when I’d had enough of the racist threats to rape me, which fb said did not violate its apparently nonexistent standards.
This didn’t happen in a vacuum, white supremacists didn’t one day decide to say and do all the things they’ve been legalled banned from doing so since 1965 with the Race Relations Act (the act banned racial discrimination in public places and made the promotion of hatred on the grounds of ‘colour, race, or ethnic or national origins’ an offence); this was a long process of normalisation, of proliferation via social media. It was a miscarriage of justice enabled by the institutionally racist police force and crown prosecution service. Freedom of speech doesn’t extend to protected groups, suspensions disproportionately affected minorities. These attitudes were confirmed in national newspapers with even ‘left wing’ columnists claiming silencing and oppression for having bigoted views.
They enabled violent hate speech by claiming it was not islamophobic or transphobic to spout their privileged propaganda. Where is the inquiry into the causes for this breakdown in humanity? Perhaps the very same white supremacists who created this crisis are still in control of the reins and are steering it towards their original objective, white supremacy, self assured in their limitless power?
Every time we see a white supremacist terrorist in the news they fit the type; worthless useless antonym of supreme kills people for kicks and white people everywhere claim a victory for white dominance. This clash of civilisations was a misnomer, there is no clash of equal strengths, they’re not crashing together like cymbals, it is a death match heavily weighted towards an historical oppressor. It should have been called the White Supremacist Superbug, its resistance to progression and social justice hypothesised as the catalyst for genocide the globe over.
These have-a-go-at-homicide nobodies would stop if one of their leaders went down for their part in the normalisation phase. Indict Mark Zuckerberg for crimes against humanity. Milo Yanofuckface should face charges not just a suspension from travel to Australia, for his comments following the massacre. Tumblr, for eg, has just taken down all its porn posts, essentially losing 1/5 of its user base yet Twitter and FB are hesitant to do the same with Nazis. It is for this reason alone silicon valley bosses have been slow to react to hatred and bigotry; white supremacy is big bucks, whether off the back of a terrorist slaughter or a good old fashioned war, these greedy pigs chose to line their own pockets over tolerance and humanity. Personally I don’t have a problem with porn but Nazis can die in a fire. I’d hazard a guess porn is a bigger money spinner than racist hate but no one wants to have sex with Nazis.
We antifascists have been begging and pleading with those in power to give this issue the attention it deserves since at least 2012 and look at where we are now. We are still being silenced, still being oppressed and the architects of this injustice (and I include the Guardian in this for their platforming of bigots such as Suzanne Moore, Grace Dent and Julie Bindel to name a few) are revising the facts so that fb deserves sympathy as opposed to our wrath. The problem is the journalists, the tech geeks, the politicians, they all went to the same schools and hit up the same coke dealer for that good Columbian shit and this status matters more to them then scores of dead Muslims. They have more in common with each other than the rest of humanity. We should be joining the dots between the main offenders and figuring out who went to school with who, and who is in possession of whose dirty secret, so that we might get a handle on this shit show once and for all.
(Happy Shamima Begum’s baby died after all, I bet)
A bit late in the day for this post but I’ve had a number of unpublished commenters purporting to look out for my best interests, always under a pseudonym, always over familiar, yet somehow expecting me to fall in line or it says something about me. It’s easy enough to approach me with genuine concerns and good intentions, I can usually spot those without too much trouble. Given that I am a target for nazis, 9 times out of 10 I’m going to assume you’re one of them, especially if you immediately jump to the conclusion I am working with predators and am therefore a hypocrite.
DON’T just throw around baseless accusations regarding people I may or may not be working with. Where’s your evidence? How do you know I’m working with them? Because you read a comment they left on my blog? Bit of a leap from a comment to an alliance.
DON’T assume to know what I do or don’t stand for, that’s an instant red flag. You know who throws social justice terminology around to shame people? Nazis. They think they’re playing you at your own game, which just demonstrates they know the difference between right and wrong, nothing more.
DO use your real name. If I recognise you, I’m more likely to trust you. Ditto if we have people in common, especially if they can vouch for you. The internet is awash with nazis and the fake news they’ve spread and signing off with only your initials, when you’re leaving a negative comment, doesn’t exactly promote confidence in your agenda.
DO remember, I don’t read abusive Nazi comments. I skim read for slurs and delete them without a second glance. I do however make a note of the IP address. WordPress is good like that, with a built-in IP search tool.
And lastly, it’s my blog. I can write what I like, I can choose to publish comments or not. Think about how your words comes across, on issues as sensitive as child sex abuse and nazi incel forums, being all cloak and dagger engenders feelings of paranoia and distrust. A little transparency will be greatly appreciated.