Clara “Keffals” Sorrenti is one of a growing number of content creators who have fallen victim to swatting efforts in recent weeks. And as a trans-right activist and political commentator, her experience last week was particularly harrowing.
As Keffles detailed in a six-minute video on YouTube, she was woken up by police last Friday, August 5, who believed she was in possession of an illegal firearm and intended to carry out a mass shooting in London, Ontario. Hall
She was arrested that morning because someone impersonating her called the police claiming to be her, while also using the dead name of Keffles (a term used to describe the birth name of a person who changes their name after gender transition).
In response to Keffles’ stories going viral, Jagmeet Singh, leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, took to social media today to post in support of Keffles. As part of the post, Singh directly condemned the acts of doxxing and swatting. Sinh mentioned Keffles directly in the tweet, which prompted a response from Keffles himself.
“The fact that one of the leaders of the parties that currently governs Canada is talking about me and showing support gives me hope,” she said. “Swatting should become a national conversation in Canada, and terrorizing by police should not happen to other Canadians.”
Yesterday, Canada-based publication Global News ran a story With the Keffles interview, and since then she has pinned images of some of her comments on Twitter, some of which are particularly hostile to the person who tried to impersonate her.
“If they want me to stop, next time, they’ll handle the police better to pull the trigger,” she said told Global News.
Sweating has long been a problem in the online streaming community, and Keffles’ issue is just one of many that have occurred in the past week. Among the high-profile streamers who have faced police encounters in the past week Adin Ross And YouTuber IShowSpeed.