Last night Hootsuite product trainer Samantha Anderson created a stir on Twitter when she revealed that the Vancouver-headquartered social media management platform was working with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Been debating talking about this publicly because I don’t want to get fired, but it seems like the cat’s already out of the bag so whatever: yesterday Hootsuite signed a three-year deal with ICE. Over 100 employees have been extremely vocal in their opposition to this deal
— Sam | abolish the police (@samelaanderson) September 23, 2020
In a statement to Business in Vancouver on Wednesday night, Hootsuite said it was “not entering into a deal” with ICE. The proposed three-year deal with ICE is reportedly worth $1.5 million.
Today Hootsuite’s CEO Tom Keiser issued an official update on their controversial new customer.
A message from our CEO, Tom Keiser pic.twitter.com/T1aU0o5HhS
— Hootsuite (@hootsuite) September 24, 2020
Keiser joined Hootsuite in June 2020 taking over for co-founding CEO Ryan Holmes.