The #DeleteUber movement appears to be gaining steam as people across the U.S. continue to delete the ride-hail app in protest of the company’s recent perceived support of President Donald Trump.
Another in a series of protests of Uber’s Market Street headquarters in San Francisco is set for Thursday at 5 p.m. as part of a national day of action against the tech giant.
Critics allege Uber spiked a recent New York City taxi protest of detained refugees, as well as growing opposition to Uber CEO Travis Kalanick accepting a position on a business advisory council assembled by Trump.
In addition to the hashtag “DeleteUber,” the protests trumpet the hashtag “UberRideswithHate,” with protests planned in Oakland, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Seattle and Hoboken, among other cities.
Uber has also had issues “with worker’s rights, and accessibility with disabled folks,” said Tony Robles, a local organizer who is involved with the protest.
Robles’ claims are backed up by courts, as Uber was sued by a local politico, Jonathan Lyens, who alleged Uber drivers did not allow him to take his seeing-eye service dog with him on Uber rides. Uber eventually settled with Lyens for an undisclosed amount.
Kalanick has rebutted claims that he, or Uber, supported Trump’s recent suspension of entry of refugees and visa holders from seven countries: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
In a blog post on Uber’s website on Jan. 28, Kalanick wrote Uber has had to work with governments and politicians where they have “areas of disagreement.”
“In some cases we’ve had to stand and fight to make progress, other times we’ve been able to effect change from within through persuasion and argument,” Kalanick wrote.
“We partner around the world optimistically in the belief that by speaking up and engaging we can make a difference,” Kalanick wrote. “This is why I agreed in early December to join President Trump’s economic advisory group.”
In the wake of the #DeleteUber movement, the company’s rival, Lyft, pledged to donate $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union over the next four years. In the last week Lyft shot to the top of the 10 most downloaded apps on the Apple app store, according to various news reports.
So many people were deleting Uber, the company needed to start a program to help automate deleting accounts within their company, according to various news reports.
Actress Susan Sarandon was among the celebrities announcing they would delete Uber on social media.
“Goodbye @Uber. Hello @lyft. #DeleteUber,” Sarandon Tweeted on Monday.
Actress Olivia Wilde Tweeted, “If @uber CEO @travisk is serious about his opposition to the Muslim ban, I think a $3 mill donation to the @ACLU would send a loud message.”
A petition on Credo Action calling for Uber to “stop collaborating with Trump” has 42,928 signatures, just shy of its goal of 50,000 signatures. Transit