Trump’s executive order is now affecting one of the fastest growing companies in the world. Thousands are pledging to delete their Uber accounts after it appears Uber attempted to undermine a boycott by taxi drivers in the NY area.
Uber tweeted out that they were turning off surge pricing yesterday at JFK during the protests against Trump’s Muslim Ban. Forture reports that critics swiftly accused the company of attempting to profit from a work stoppage by taxi drivers that had been called by the New York Taxi Workers Alliance, an AFL-CIO affiliate that represents many immigrants.
A spokesman for Uber, however, told Fortune that the decision to turn off surge pricing was made specifically to avoid profiting from increased demand during the protest, but the comment has not helped the trend.
It doesn’t aid Uber’s case that many are now finding out that Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick’s is serving on an economic advisory panel to President Donald Trump.
In the midst of Uber’s controversy, Lyft has pledged to donate $1 Million dollars to the ACLU. The ACLU successfully defend to Iraqi detainees yesterday leading to a partial lift of Trump’s executive order.
— Mike Lynch (@MikeLynch09) January 29, 2017
Lyft released a statement expressing their disagreement with Trump’s Muslim Ban. “We stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community.” The statement goes on to say, “We know this directly impacts many of our community members, their families, and friends. We stand with you, and are donating $1,000,000 over the next four years to the ACLU to defend our constitution.”
Celebrities like Taraji P. Henson have pledged to do away with Uber. On Instagram she posted a photo encouraging her followers to #DeleteUber with the following caption: #ByeUber I can not support a company that backs hate. Soooooooo #ByeBitch deleting my account and canceling yo ass for EVERYTHING YOU STAND FOR!!! ??#togetherwestand#wethepeople #LOVEWILLWIN ✊?✊?✊?✊?✊?. It doesn’t seem that this is something that will just go away.
Will you be deleting your Uber account?