To escape what she says has become "really bad" harassment in her country, transgender activist Clara Sorrenti, from London, Canada, is decamping for now. As she prepares to head to Europe, following online harassment and doxxing campaigns led by users of the notorious Kiwi Farms message board, supporters of the young victim are trying to convince Cloudflare to drop the right-wing site, which appears to be unavailable.
As a result of communications alleged to be from her saying she was about to shoot people at London City Hall, Sorrenti, 28, also known as Keffals on Twitch, was victimized by a SWATting attack earlier this month.
Sorrenti posted a video to her YouTube channel titled "My life is in danger. I need your help." In the video, she explained that because of a threatening email, police responded by bringing the SWAT team to her property. Police seized her computers and harassed her in a transphobic manner, she said. The email "was an obvious attempt to make the police humiliate me," she said.
Police arrested her at gunpoint and revictimized her by referring to her by her deadname and misgendering her.
Since then, police have cleared her name and apologized for how she was treated, but the trans woman's ordeals have not ceased.
On Sunday, Sorrenti tweeted, "Hi @Uber_Support my account was hacked and had the password and email changed. Hundreds of dollars worth of food showed up on my doorstep. Can you please message me so I can remove my payment info from the hacked account and get reimbursed??"
Sorrenti now tells Global News that she will seek refuge with friends in Europe.
The practice of doxxing is prevalent on Kiwi Farms, which leads to incidents in which SWAT teams are sent to individuals' homes because anonymous trolls online typically impersonate the person and inform authorities of terrorist threats. Kiwi Farms' website was not online Wednesday afternoon, but it's unclear why.
Cloudflare, a security company, has taken a stand on social issues in the past. For example, Daily Dot reports, after several mass shootings, the company dropped its protections for far-right troll site 8chan, and after the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017, Cloudflare dropped The Daily Stormer, a white supremacist website.
We will update this story if Sorrenti responds to The Advocate's request for comment.