There’s no denying Uber has its fair share of problems. Its service can be discriminatory to people of color; it’s notorious for its questionable treatment of employees; it has near-Orwellian practices of surveying riders to figure out when to milk you for all you’re worth. However, the reason so many people have been deleting their Uber accounts has to do with the name on everyone’s lips these days: President Trump.
Amid the protests breaking out all over the country following Trump’s immigration ban, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance announced they would not be driving for one hour at JFK out of solidarity. “Drivers stand in solidarity with refugees coming to America in search of peace and safety and with those who are simply trying to return to their homes here in America after traveling abroad,” the alliance wrote on its official Facebook page. “We stand in solidarity with all of our peace-loving neighbors against this inhumane, cruel, and unconstitutional act of pure bigotry.”
Uber, on the other hand, eliminated surge pricing at JFK, which many viewed as a way to capitalize on the taxi strike and perhaps even break it:
In the past, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has stated that he will work with Trump, repeatedly defending his decision with questionable arguments:
“We’ll partner with anyone in the world as long they’re about making transportation in cities better, creating job opportunities, making it easier to get around, getting pollution out of the air and traffic off the streets.”
Journalist Dan O’Sullivan urged his followers to boycott the company with the hashtag #deleteUber.
As hundreds began tweeting screenshots of their deleted Uber accounts, the CEO released a statement illustrating his opposition to the immigration ban but, once again, defending his decision to work with Trump. However, it looks like the damage is done, and #deleteUber is still sweeping social media.
Oh, and by the way, here’s what Lyft is up to: