People are deleting their Uber app across the planet – all thanks to Donald Trump, whose immigration ban on a select few Muslim countries has set alight a wash of protests within the United States and beyond.
Uber has been thrown in the fracas due to a few reasons. One being, CEO Travis Kalanick’s recent appointment to Trump’s business advisory board, along with Elon Musk and a host of executives from around the world.
Kalanick claims in a company email that his reason for cosying up with America’s 45th president was prompted by his ‘belief that by speaking up and engaging we can make a difference.’ He also plans to donate $3 million towards a legal fund for Uber employees affected by the ban.
Despite this statement – over the weekend, JFK Airport was the focus of protests against Trump’s ban on Muslim immigrants. New York taxi workers jumped in on the fight and enacted an hour long strike in solidarity with the protesters.
NO PICKUPS @ JFK Airport 6 PM to 7 PM today. Drivers stand in solidarity with thousands protesting inhumane & unconstitutional #MuslimBan.
— NY Taxi Workers (@NYTWA) January 28, 2017
Lyft, another taxi app, and Uber’s rival have also aligned themselves with the cause, donating $1 million over the next four years to the American Civil Liberties Union. The organisation who recently put into motion an emergency order that bars the United States from deporting those affected by Trump’s travel ban.
3/ We are donating $1,000,000 over the next four years to the ACLU to defend our constitution. https://t.co/0umGOlkhSx
— logangreen (@logangreen) January 29, 2017
However, the public has hit out at Uber for exploiting the Taxi Worker’s strike by running their service as normal and, worse still, for eliminating surge pricing, especially during the striking hour.
Uber spoke to Business Insider regarding their actions, “We’re sorry for any confusion about our earlier tweet — it was not meant to break up any strike,” the company said. “We wanted people to know they could use Uber to get to and from JFK at normal prices, especially last night.”
Nevertheless, #DeleteUber is trending on Twitter worldwide. Kalanick finally responded today, condemning Trump’s ban. He called it, “unjust.”
We can’t help but agree.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.