Vancouver tech darling Hootsuite Inc denies making a trade deal that would require it to partner with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
The US law enforcement agency has been the subject of criticism, controversy and outcry over the past two years amid the Trump administration’s policies separating migrant parents from their children in the US -Mexican border
On Twitter [Inc (NYSE: TWTR)] On Thursday, September 23, a user who appeared to credibly identify as an employee of Hootsuite expressed exasperation that the media management company social partners with ICE
“I have debated this publicly because I don’t want to get fired, but it looks like the cat is already out of the bag, whatever: yesterday Hootsuite signed a three-year contract with ICE Over 100 employees were extremely opposed to this agreement, ”the user tweeted.
BIV contacted the Twitter user, whose newspaper does not publish the newspaper on social media at this time, but did not immediately receive a response to an interview request
The user’s tweet received over 1,400 retweets and 2,600 likes on the social media platform at the time of posting the BIV story
“That we eagerly accept money from an organization that subjects its inmates to forced hysterectomies, that has a documented history of locking children in cages, tearing families apart and destroying lives is somehow devastating and disgusting that I can’t translate effectively with words, ”the user tweeted, referring to recent media reports of forced proceedings
“What is even more heartbreaking is that several members of our support team in Mexico shared their personal experiences of being targeted and harassed by ICE and our management team still chose to make this happen. agreement”
“As a company, we do not discuss specific customer agreements, however, due to the sensitivity in this particular case, I can confirm that Hootsuite does not enter into a deal with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Hootsuite spokesperson Melanie Gaboriault told BIV in an email.
The Vancouver-based tech company hired U.S. software director Tom Keizer in July to replace founding CEO Ryan Holmes
Keizer, who lists his current location as San Francisco on LinkedIn, is the former COO of software company Zendesk Inc
While Hootsuite has been at the center of speculation for a possible initial public offering for years, Reuters reported in 2018 that the company hired Goldman Sachs Group Inc to inquire about a potential sale
But the process was scrapped just before Christmas 2018 when Hootsuite determined the offers were less than the US $ 750 million it was targeting, according to a January 2019 Globe and Mail report.
Holmes said in a November 2019 statement to BIV that Hootsuite undertook a benchmarking exercise in early 2019 and determined that the company “ranks very well against a number of criteria” for other businesses that have been opened in the past year
The team found that in the companies examined, the average age was 14, the average valuation is $ 3.6 billion, and the average annual revenue is around $ 200 million
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