Published: Wed, February 01, 2017
Science | By Carlton Santiago

Lyft condemns Trump's immigration ban, pledges $1 million to ACLU

Lyft condemns Trump's immigration ban, pledges $1 million to ACLU

Uber also dropped surge pricing during protests at JFK Airport in New York City.

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

Uber's CEO faced a backlash Monday for his relationship with President Donald Trump and his action in response to a temporary ban on travel to the United States from seven majority Muslim countries.

The NY Taxi Workers Alliance's call for the strike was addressed to "ALL DRIVERS!" Uber drivers are included in the group.

The company did not try to capitalize on the strike through surge pricing, and they say that the tweet below was simply meant to alert customers that Uber was still an option, without surge, in the hour after the strike.

Uber's direct competitor, Lyft pledged $1 million to the ACLU in light of the immigration ban.

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That led some to conclude that the company was strike-breaking and trying to profit off of the protest. On Saturday, he told Reuters that he believed the ban "would affect many innocent people" and that he would raise the issue with Trump directly when he met with him as part of the economic forum. Uber had tweeted that.

In response, hundreds of people are now using the hashtag #DeleteUber to protest against the app and have also accused the company's CEO of collaborating with the new U.S. president.

He also used the post to reaffirmed his political ties with Mr Trump, which he cemented in December a year ago when he joined the US President's economic advisory committee.

However, during the strike period Uber made a decision to purposely drop the normal surge pricing procedure.

"Uber will [also] urge the government to reinstate the right of U.S. residents to travel-whatever their country of origin-immediately", the post said, adding that "Uber is a community". The company created a $3 million legal defense fund and will compensate lost earnings. Many have slammed Kalanick for being a member of Trump's advisory business council.

Travis Kalanick further said on Facebook, "This order has far broader implications as it also affects thousands of drivers who use Uber and come from the listed countries, many of whom take long breaks to go back home to see their extended family".

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