The row started last Friday when someone named Ryl posted on reddit that the social-media dashboard creator's use of unpaid interns for three months at a time was illegal under B.C. labour legislation.
By Monday, the thread had grown to hundreds of comments and pushed out into other social media and mainstream news outlets.
"Unpaid internships are exploitive," Amanda Soehnlen posted on Hootsuite's Facebook page. "I love that in your statement, you didn't address the fact that unpaid internships are wrong as well as illegal, just saying you'd make sure not to break the law in the future.
Hootsuite, a darling of Vancouver's IT sector and one of the city's most successful startups with some 250 employees, was pushed into damage control.
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