Surveillance company cuts half its staff after losing Twitter & Facebook access
Chicago tech company Geofeedia’s hand was forced after Facebook, Instagram and Twitter cut ties with them for their part in helping law enforcement surveil protesters. As a result, Geofeedia let go of 31 of its roughly 60 employees.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) discovered in September that at least 13 law enforcement agencies in California were using Geofeedia to keep tabs on protesters, as well as South Asian, Muslim and Sikh activists. Later, it was revealed the company had more than 500 law enforcement customers, including the Denver Police Department, which paid $30,000 for a single year subscription to the service. Law enforcement in Baltimore too used the tool to track protesters during the unrest in the wake of the police-involved killing of Freddie Gray. – READ MORE