Uber And Lyft Took Action When A Journalist Posted Islamophobic Tweets

Both companies demonstrated they will not tolerate hate speech.

When a far-right personality shared multiple Islamophobic tweets shortly after the New York City terror attack on October 31, she was promptly banned from ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft.

It all began when said self-described "investigative journalist" Laura Loomer took to Twitter on November 1 to call for a "non-Islamic form of Uber or Lyft" because the perpetrator of Tuesday's terror attack had reportedly previously driven for both companies. "I never want to support another Islamic immigrant driver," she added to the tweet.

In a follow-up message, Loomer also made it clear the scope of her complaints extends beyond Uber and Lyft. "I generally try to not support Muslim owned businesses companies here in NY," she declared, adding that can be tricky at times because of immigration. 


Loomer even snapped a picture of two unsuspecting women in hijabs walking near the site of the attack, claiming that they were "rubbing it in everyone's face."

While plenty of Twitter userscriticized Loomer for her tweets,  both ride-sharing companies went a step further and banned Loomer from using their services ever again. In a statement to Mashable, Uber confirmed Loomer's account was disabled and "she was banned for violating our community guidelines." 

A spokesperson for Lyft told HuffPost, "This passenger's account has been deactivated, meaning they can no longer access the Lyft platform."

As Reddit, YouTube, and other platforms continue to take action against hate speech, it's refreshing to see Uber and Lyft take similar steps. However, the companies' decision to deactivate Loomer's respective accounts shouldn't exactly come as a surprise given their histories of speaking out in favor of immigration.

When the current administration tried to enforce its first Muslim ban back in January, both companies vehemently opposed it. Uber noted how the ban will "impact many innocent people" and later created a $3 million legal defense fund to help drivers with immigration and translation services, and Lyft slammed the ban for being "antithetical to both Lyft's and our nation's core values" and pledged $1 million to the the American Civil Liberties Union over the next four years.


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