Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Uber bans right-wing activist after racist rant about Muslim drivers

Gigi Hadid Calls Out Islamophobic Twitter User After NYC Attack Uber bans far-right activist who complained about Muslim Uber drivers
Madeline Patrick | 04 November, 2017, 00:33

A far-right activist, Laura Loomer, wasted no time and started spewing hate on Twitter for all Muslim drivers following the horrific Manhattan attack.

Sayfullo Saipov, the Uzbek immigrant suspected of killing eight people and injuring a dozen more after he drove a truck into a bike path Tuesday in New York City, had been a driver for Uber.

In an email to Business Insider Wednesday, Uber said that Loomer, a former Project Veritas supporter with over 100,000 Twitter followers, was barred for violating the company's ethics guidelines.

Among those complaints, which sparked outrage online, Loomer lamented that she was late to a press conference because she could not find an Uber driver who she did not believe was Muslim.

Loomer also retweeted an individual who claimed that they were kicked out of an Uber in September for being Jewish.

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It is important to note that Uber's application doesn't display religion of drivers.

Loomer then lashed out at her haters as well as the cab services and said that Uber had banned a "conservative journalist for addressing legitimate safety concerns".

The response immediately earned acclaim from those on the internet, who praised Hadid for speaking out against Islamophobia.

Uber's chief brand officer Bozoma Saint John took to social media Wednesday evening to applaud her company's ongoing stance against divisive rhetoric. Saipov has now been charged with federal terrorism offenses - one count of providing material support to terrorists and another of violence and destruction of a motor vehicle causing death. Uber said it is cooperating with investigators.

Mr Saipov told investigators he chose to attack on Halloween because he knew that there would be a lot of people on the streets and that his plan was to kill people on the West Side Highway and then "proceed to the Brooklyn Bridge to strike pedestrians", according to a complaint filed against him.

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