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The DAO’s goal is to raise $2 billion to buy Twitter shares, enabling Elon Musk to proxy vote the shares and override censorship on the Twitter platform.

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Updated: April 23, 2022 at 12:15 am

69420 DAO takes a stand against Twitter in the fight for free speech

Cover art/illustration via CryptoSlate

Twitter is pulling out all the stops to resist Elon Musk and his attempt to bring free speech to the platform.

Weeks earlier, the outspoken billionaire blasted the social media giant for “failing to adhere to free speech principles.” He teased the possibility of buying Twitter to make changes from within. But given Musk’s legendary trolling, few imagined he would follow through.

Musk subsequently proved everyone wrong by acquiring a 9.2% stake in Twitter for roughly $2.9 billion, making him the company’s largest shareholder. However, last week, investment manager Vanguard upped its stake in Twitter to 10.3% to oust Musk as the largest shareholder.

It seems there are forces in play trying to thwart Musk’s plans. However, support is arriving in the form of 69420 Dao, which hopes to buy Twitter shares to enable their use in a proxy voting capacity in support of free speech.

But who are 69420 Dao, and why do they want to get involved?

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Source: 69420dao.com

Who is 69420 DAO, and why do they care about free speech?

69420 DAO is an on-chain governance structure that will form a Delaware statutory trust to benefit Web3 and Twitter users.

The entity hopes to raise $2 billion to buy a 15% stake in Twitter. The goal is to assign these shares in a proxy voting capacity to support free speech on the Twitter platform.

“By joining the 69420 DAO, you are advancing our mission of upgrading free speech principles for society.”

The people behind 69420 DAO describe themselves as “a group of freedom-lovers who hail from industry and Web3.” In a message sent to CryptoSlate, Core Member Derrick Foote said 69420 Dao’s top priority is safeguarding and preserving free speech.

Foote added that the group supports Musk’s takeover attempt of Twitter, but only on the proviso that he keeps his word on open-sourcing the code.

In repelling Musk’s takeover, Twitter approved a plan allowing existing shareholders to buy stocks at a substantial discount to dilute the holdings of new investors. This “poison pill” will activate if Musk purchased more than 15% of the company.

Foote said Musk needs the support of 69420 Dao and other like-minded entities to break the status quo and make Twitter a free speech platform.

Decentralized Autonomous Organizations

Decentralized Autonomous Organizations (DAOs) are a relatively new phenomenon born from blockchain technology. The concept essentially refers to a community-led entity with no central authority. The decentralization is possible thanks to smart contracts that enforce foundational rules and execute agreed-upon decisions.

DAOs initial use case was as an investor-directed crowdfunding mechanism. However, given the democratic ethos they encourage, DAOs are gaining popularity as a system that could succeed the incumbent political process, which many argue is flawed.

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