The hashtag #DeleteUber was trending through much of the weekend on Facebook and Twitter after many accused the ride-hailing company of profiting in the wake of President Donald Trump’s immigration ban.
The New York Taxi Workers Alliance called for a halt on rides to JFK to protest the fact that citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries were being detained at the airport. During the taxi strike, Uber lifted its surge pricing and continued to drive passengers to the airport.
Roger Stone, an advisor to Trump, praised the company for breaking the strike:
— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) January 29, 2017
The pro-Trump narrative was compounded by a statement to employees made by the company’s chief executive, Travis Kalanick.