After Uber Kept Giving Rides at JFK, #DeleteUber Surged

Ride-sharing app turned off surge pricing as taxi drivers protested
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 29, 2017 7:28 AM CST
In this July 15, 2015, file photo, Uber driver Karim Amrani sits in his car parked near the San Francisco International Airport parking area.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

(Newser) – New York City taxi drivers protested President Trump's immigration ban Saturday night with a one-hour work stoppage at JFK Airport—but Uber kept right on giving rides, reports Al Jazeera, even announcing that surge pricing had been turned off. That resulted in accusations of "strike-breaking," notes Mashable, and gave rise to #DeleteUber, as many opposed to the ban deleted Uber's app. "We had no intention of 'breaking up a strike,'" says an Uber rep. "Rather we wanted to let people know that Uber was an option to get to/from JFK at the time of the protest, at normal prices."

Uber finds itself in somewhat of a delicate position with Trump detractors: CEO Travis Kalanick has agreed to serve on a panel of business leaders advising the new president, and has said Uber "would partner with anyone in the world as long as they’re about making transportation in cities better," a bar which Slate notes would include the likes of Benito Mussolini. (Read more Uber stories.)

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