Kiwi Farms website refuses to help police in Christchurch terror case

  • 18/03/2019
Shock website Kiwi Farms has responded to a request from NZ Police for assistance in the Christchurch terror attack with insults and expletives.
Masjid Al Noor, the scene of the deadliest mass shooting in New Zealand's modern history. Photo credit: Google Maps

A man contacted by New Zealand Police with regards to Christchurch terror attack content being posted on his website has responded aggressively and mockingly.

Joshua Conner Moon, operator of Kiwi Farms, referred to Aotearoa as a "shithole country" with "f****t law" in an email he says he sent to a Detective Senior Sergeant.

Despite having 'Kiwi' in its name, the website has no association with New Zealand; rather, the name was adapted from its former title of 'CWCki Forums'.

A spokesperson for the New Zealand police confirmed to Newshub that Kiwi Farms has been contacted as part of its ongoing investigation into the Christchurch terror attacks.

Moon posted a copy of the detective's initial email, his response and a follow-up from the detective on Kiwi Farms. Other commenters applauded his move and also mocked New Zealand.

"Tell your superiors they're going to make the entire country and its government look like clowns by trying to censor the internet. You're a small, irrelevant island nation barely more recognisable than any other nameless pacific sovereignty [sic]," Moon says in his email.

"You do not have the clout to eradicate a video from the internet and you do not have the legal reach to imprison everyone whose posted it. If anyone turns over to you the information they're asking for they're not only cowards, but they're f**king idiots."

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Kiwi Farms is a notorious website which originated as a spinoff from controversial imageboard 4chan.

A profile on NY Mag's Intelligencer describes Kiwi Farms as "the web's biggest community of stalkers", recounting how it was developed by a group of people to harass author Christine Weston Chandler.

"Kiwi Farms is about eccentric individuals and communities on the internet," the Kiwi farms website itself states.

"We call them lolcows because they can be milked for amusement or laughs. Our community is bizarrely diverse and spectators are encouraged to join the discussion."

Moon says that he is a US citizen based overseas, but claims Kiwi Farms is a company based in Florida.

Although the Christchurch terror attack was live-streamed, and the alleged gunman posted a link to the video and a so-called mainfesto on 8chan, Kiwi Farms was quick to provide its own links.

"At around the time of the shooting there were a number of posts and links posted on [Kiwi Farms] relating to the shooting," said the detective's email, which has been posted on Kiwi Farms.

"We would like to preserve any posts and technical data including IP addresses, email addresses etc linked to these posts pending a formal legal request.

"Could you please advise what legal process you require for this request and also confirm preservation of the data requested pending legal process."

At the time of publishing, the Kiwi Farms post with the emails to and from the detective has not been taken down.