Uber vs. Lyft: Rideshare Companies Dragged Into Immigration Debate – NBCNews.com


The CEOs of two of Silicon Valley’s largest rideshare corporations, Uber and Lyft, discovered themselves embroiled within the political firestorm over President Donald Trump’s government order on immigration.

It started Saturday, when the New York Taxi Alliance referred to as off pickups at John F. Kennedy Airport for one hour as lots of of individuals flocked to the airport to protest Trump’s order, which barred residents from seven Muslim-majority nations from getting into the U.S. for 90 days and Syrian refugees indefinitely.

Hours later, Uber tweeted that surge pricing can be turned off on the airport, which many interpreted as breaking the hour-lengthy taxi strike. Social media customers reacted swiftly to sentence the transfer utilizing the hashtag #DeleteUber, alleging that the rideshare firm was profiting off of a refugee ban.

Political strategist and Trump supporter Roger Stone recommended the corporate in a tweet, whereas others started posting screenshots of themselves deleting their Uber accounts and inspiring pals to do the identical.

One user wrote, “Goodbye to Uber, who’s like that reliable pal you later discover out is supporting an evil dictator…”

Uber shortly clarified that the corporate didn’t intend to interrupt the strike and pointed to CEO Travis Kalanick’s earlier statement, noting the corporate reached out to dozens of staff affected by the current government order and deliberate to compensate them professional bono for 3 months. Kalanick, who’s scheduled to attend Trump’s first enterprise advisory group assembly, stated he would increase points surrounding the ban on the assembly Friday.

An Uber sign is seen in a car in New York

An Uber signal is posted within the window of a automotive in New York on this 2015 file photograph.