Uber and Lyft ban far-right activist who complained about Muslim Uber drivers

http://www.businessinsider.com/uber-bans-laura-loomer-far-right-activist-who-tweeted-2017-11

 

Ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft banned a far-right activist who complained about Muslim Uber and Lyft drivers in the wake of a terrorist attack in New York City that was allegedly committed by a former Uber driver.

Uber told Business Insider in a brief email on Wednesday that Laura Loomer — a former Project Veritas activist with over 100,000 Twitter followers — had been banned for violating the platform’s community guidelines.

Lyft also told Business Insider in an email that it had deactivated Loomer’s account.

Loomer posted a series of tweets complaining about Muslims following Tuesday’s attack in which a former driver, who was Muslim, rammed into a bike lane, killing eight people and injuring 12.

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.

“I’m late to the NYPD press conference because I couldn’t find a non Muslim cab or @Uber @lyft driver for over 30 min! This is insanity,” Loomer wrote.

Loomer also retweeted an individual who claimed that they were kicked out of an Uber in September for being Jewish. Uber declined to comment on the alleged incident.

Wednesday was not the first time Uber banned a far-right activist from its platform.

Following the white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this year, Uber banned far-right provocateur Tim Gionet, better known as Baked Alaska, after a driver in Washington, DC booted him from her car for allegedly making racially-charged remarks.

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