Only 11 days after the inauguration, President Donald Trump has already made huge executive decisions, one being the Muslim ban which has lead to multiple protests causing transportation issues in and out of airports. Taxi drivers have gone on strike leaving residents to turn to other modes of transportation.
Shortly after the ban, Uber released a tweet saying “Surge pricing has been turned off at #JFK Airport. This may result in longer wait times. Please be patient.” Leaving many people to say it’s a situation that Uber has “taken advantage of” as commuters would have no choice, but to overpay for an Uber ride.
USA Today reported Uber as stating, “We’re sorry for any confusion about our earlier tweet—it was not meant to break up any strike. We wanted people to know they could use Uber to get to and from JFK at normal prices, especially last night.”
The Huffington Post published , “The New York Taxi Workers’ Alliance organized a one-hour cab strike, both because the 19,000 members of the Alliance are largely Muslim and largely immigrants, and to express their solidarity with those protesting the ban.”
“The company says it was trying to avoid the appearance of profiting from the immigration ban and resulting protests, as it has been accused of profiting from natural disasters and other strikes in the past,” Huffington Post disclosed.
The public has interpreted this change differently as the Huffington Post wrote, “Within hours, the hashtag #DeleteUber took off. One of the earliest tweets with this hashtag was retweeted over 23,000 times last weekend, and also included the hashtag #DownloadLyft.”
The Huffington Post published Lyft’s response as, “The company sent out an email to customers making a pledge of $1 million over 4 years to the American Civil Liberties Union and stating boldly that “We stand firmly against [Trump’s] actions, and will not be silent on issues that threaten the values of our community.”
The #DeleteUber tag has been trending. Forbes has reported that it was, “started by Chicago journalist Dan O’Sullivan[.] #DeleteUber is a social media campaign that urges Uber customers to delete their Uber account to protest President Trump’s executive order to ban refugees and immigrants.”
According to Forbes, “Uber also set up a $3 million legal defense fund for immigration defense and services.”
“Meanwhile, Uber’s chief competitor, Lyft, capitalized on Uber’s public relations issues. Lyft publicly criticized the president’s executive order and donated $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU),” disclosed Forbes.
Forbes reported that, “as a result of this past weekend’s activities and the #DeleteUber campaign, downloads for Lyft, the San Francisco-based ride-sharing company, skyrocketed in the iPhone App Store. At one point on Monday, Lyft ranked as the #6 free app.”
Since many claim to delete Uber due to its involvement with the current president, Forbes warned that, “If you are deleting your Uber app to protest the Trump administration, two Lyft investors, in particular, may stand out given their connections to the president.”
Forbes has further informed that, “In 2015, investor Carl Icahn invested over $100 million in Lyft. His company, Icahn Enterprises, also has a Lyft board seat. Icahn currently serves as a special advisor to the president, a position he was appointed to last December.”