If you’re not up to the latest political news, we wouldn’t recommend looking to us for answers. HOWEVER, today’s tech article is indeed related to politics, so lucky you.
On Friday, President Donald Trump banned ~218 million people from entering the United States (for the next 90 days), according to CNN. These ~218 million people are mostly citizens of 7 major Muslim countries, including: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen. Trump claimed that these were crucial steps in “protecting the nation from foreign terrorist entry into the United States”.
Further more, the US Refugee Program was suspended (for 4 months), which was the admission of all immigrants seeking asylum in the United States.
WHAT DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH UBER?
We’ve seen companies get involved politically before, but this one might come with a hefty price. On Saturday, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance released a statement on why their drivers were joining the JFK Airport protests: “in support of all those who are currently being detained at the airport” because of Trump’s latest executive orders. They explained that professional drivers are often the target of racial hate crimes, and it was extremely dangerous for them to be driving at the peak of protests. By condemning this executive order, the NYTWA stopped all pickups from the airport from 6 to 7 pm.
Now, Uber had a different take on this.
As known, when the Uber demand increases, so do the surge charges. Uber proceeded to suspend this surge pricing; in other words, going ahead with normal business, or even trying to get more.
This brought on a series of tweets, all with the hashtag “#DeleteUber”, and got it trending on Twitter. Does Uber not care about the immigration policies? Are they so business-money oriented that they are willing to look past these radical orders by President Trump by putting Uber drivers in danger? Or even by not showing their disgust towards this, like other companies have?
Uber’s biggest rivals “Lyft” took advantage of this and found a better way to respond. Not only did they condemn President Trump’s order, but they also donated $1 million dollars to American Civil Liberties Union (over the next 4 years).
Controversial. As Lyft appear to side by the people on this one, Uber’s CEO is actually on Trump’s economic advisory board.
Check out Twitter right now, #deleteUber is still probably one of the top trending hashtags.
Do you think Uber was right to proceed with regular business even though immigration related chaos is occurring right now?
Should they have stopped their services like Lyft and NYTWA?
Are you going to be a part of #deleteUber?