Published by Matthew Gustin
10 months ago
While many tech companies opposed the ban imposed by US President Donald Trump, Uber caused incomprehension with its behavior.
Uber did not take part in the strike of the taxi drivers at the JFK airport, which wanted to protest against Trumps immigration policy – many of the drivers themselves are immigrants. Instead, the ride-sharing service continued to operate in New York. With the hashtag #DeleteUber outraged users called for the deletion of Uber accounts. According to the New York Times, around 200,000 users have actually deleted their account since the weekend. Therefore, CEO Travis Kalanick now obviously draws conclusions. On Friday, he told his staff in an e-mail message that he was leaving the President’s board. He was part of the team that Trump put together in December for economic questions.
“Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the President or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that,” wrote Kalanick. “There are many ways we will continue to advocate for just change on immigration but staying on the council was going to get in the way of that.” He had introduced his concerns about the immigration policy when he told Trump about his departure.
In addition to Kalanick, Tesla CEO Elon Musk also joined the Economic Commission. He will continue his role as a consultant, informed Musk via Twitter. At the meeting, which took place on friday, the entrepreneur also talked with the president about the immigration policy. At the beginning of the week, the Tesla head asked the community for concrete suggestions for improvement.