Staff at the world’s largest FOSS IRC network, Freenode, have resigned following a “hostile takeover.” “Seeking to take control of the Freenode IRC network after acquiring Freenode Limited as their live conference organization is reported to be Andrew Lee, the founder of VPN service Private Internet Access (PIA),” reports Phoronix. Aaron Jones, a member of the staff since March 2019, details the sequence of events. Another staff member has provided additional details. Slashdot reader rastos1 writes: As it is now known, the Freenode IRC network has been taken over by a “narcissistic Trumpian wannabe korean royalty bitcoins millionaire,” [writes (former) staff member Marco d’Itri]. “To make a long story short, the former freenode head of staff secretly ‘sold’ the network to this person even if it was not hers to sell, and our lawyers have advised us that there is not much that we can do about it without some of us risking financial ruin.” Fuck you Christel, lilo’s life work did not deserve this. What you knew as Freenode after 12:00 UTC of May 19 will be managed by different people. Freenode Limited has responded to the backlash, writing: “Given the millions I have injected into freenode thus far, the fact I own it and the fact that I protected the freenode staff with professional legal work and funding when they needed help and they could still lie and slander like this… says a lot about who they are. It saddens me that christel was forced out, and I wish she’d feel safe returning. I’m frustrated that tomaw’s hostile takeover seems likely to succeed, in spite of all. I simply want freenode to keep on being a great IRC network, and to support it financially and legally as I have for a long time now.”Read more of this story at Slashdot.