Published: Вт, Января 31, 2017
Technology | By Tonya May

Immigration-Ban Protesters Urge Others to #DeleteUber

A social media-led boycott of Uber has ensued due to the company's handling of the protests against Trump's Muslim ban.

Uber has created a $3-million legal fund to help drivers with immigration and translation services following USA president Donald Trump's immigration and travel ban.

Its number one competitor, Uber, came under fire for not halting service to John F. Kennedy International Airport in NY in solidarity with striking taxi workers.

New York Taxi Workers Alliance had requested their drivers to go on a strike in protest of Trump's immigration policy. Those who made a decision to boycott the app, though, believed the opposite to be true - that Uber's tweet showed the company's readiness to capitalize on the demand created by the protest and the taxi strike.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick also came out against the executive order on Facebook.

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On Sunday, Kalanick once again responded to the controversy by calling the travel ban "wrong and unjust" and vowing to "create a $3 million legal defense fund to help drivers with immigration and translation services".

The hashtag picked up steam after Uber's NYC Twitter account tweeted this while people were protesting the ban at the JFK airport, as two Iraqi men were detained despite having visas that would ordinarily allow them to enter the country.

Further differentiating the responses, Uber's main rideshare competitor, Lyft, publicly announced it has donated $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union, which successfully used legal means to limit parts of Trump's travel ban at JFK Airport.

There was plenty to be angry about this weekend - and many people were extremely irate about the ride-hailing company Uber. However, last night, they announced that they would cancel surge pricing for rides from the airport. Kalanick is a member of Trump's business advisory group, which will have its first meeting this Friday, he said.

Thousands of Uber customers deleted their app in protest and posted the evidence to social media using the hashtag #deleteUber. While Uber has committed to financially compensating affected drivers for three months - out of a four-month ban - other actions have garnered criticism.

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