I think this is important enough to have a thread about in lobsters. It seems like Freenode is preventing channels from mentioning libera.chat in their topic, and nuked a whole bunch of channels which did yesterday.
Here’s an excerpt from one of the affected channels, #go-nuts:
11:20 <mort> Wait, just yesterday this channel had the libera channel in its topic 11:21 <mort> what happened? 11:21 <@danderson> freenode staff nuked all channels that had the word "libera" in their topic. 11:21 <@danderson> which includes 700+ OSS projects. 11:21 <@danderson> including #go-nuts :)
For me, this confirms that what happened was just a hostile take-over of Freenode. I was in a “wait and see”-mode until now, but we now know that Freenode is just a malicious IRC network, IMO.
Andrew Lee sent this message to everyone on the network:
06:15 -rasengan- [Global Notice] In the recent policy enforcement, some channels were erroneously included. We greatly apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact us in #freenode-services or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your patience and choosing freenode!
I’m not buying it. You don’t “accidentally” shut down every channel with libera.chat in the topic, including hundreds of channels for FOSS projects.
EDIT: Here’s kline talking about it: https://mastodon.sdf.org/@kline/106299403921451814