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BitDAO in disarray after Alameda allegedly dumps BIT- Decoding details

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BitDAO [BIT], the token of the Bybit contribution group, dumped as much as 20% in less than two hours after Alameda Research made moves to sell-off its BIT holdings.

In an unanticipated tweet, Bybit CEO, Ben Zhou, alerted the crypto industry about some concerns of the BitDAO community. According to him, BitDAO was concerned about the abrupt dump of its token by the FTX-sister company.

Zhou also noted that the effort contrasted with the agreement in place not to sell for three years.

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Of consequences, responses, and contradictions

Adding to his tweet was an update from the BitDAO community. Details from the discourse revealed that the community had asked Alameda to prove that it was not selling BIT.

This need for evidence came as a result of an Etherscan transaction by Lookonchain that Alameda had transferred about $1.6 million to the FTX exchange. Else, Alameda faced a FTX Token [FTT] jeopardy. The BitDAO discourse read, 

“If this request is not fulfilled, and if sufficient alternative proof or response is not provided, it will be up to the BitDAO community to decide (vote, or any other emergency action) how to deal with the $FTT in the BitDAO Treasury”

On the contrary, Nansen CEO, Alex Svanevik, said that it was Bybit’s Venture Capitalist partner, Mirana Ventures that was behind the BIT withdrawals, not Alameda. However, the crypto-insight company chief stated that the withdrawals did not guarantee an attempt to sell. Hence, both Alameda and Mirana could be non-participants in the BIT plunge.

Alameda’s CEO, Caroline Ellison, in the defense of the firm, responded to Zhou, that she was going to provide proof of the funds Alameda held in BIT. According to Ellison, who has been locked in a battle with CZ of Binance lately, Alameda has no reason to go against their agreement.

Mending bridges

Interestingly, there has been a twist of fate for BIT on-chain. According to Santiment, BIT’s volume had surged an incredible 170% in the last 24 hours.

This implied that more money had flown into the network. As such, it was expected to lead into an uptick. Furthermore, that was the case as BIT recovered while trading at $0.40, at press time. Further revelations showed that Alameda was largely involved with the token resurgence. 

BitDAO price and volume amid sell-off rumours

Source: Santiment

In conclusion, Caroline seemed to have acknowledged the Zhou and BitDAO request positively. This was due to the revelation of  Lookonchain. 

According to him, the Alameda CEO had transferred $182.4 million, at press time. In doing this, it was highly likely that BitDAO would opt against selling off the $3.3 million FTT in their possession.


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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