Earlier this week, President Trump released his executive orders to withhold all refugees from entering the country, as well as denying entry to some citizens of seven predominantly Muslim countries.
Many protests occurred at airports across the nation. Specifically in New York City, the New York Taxi Workers Alliance went on a hour-long protest against these executive orders.
During the protest, Uber announced via Twitter that they dropped the surge price to allow for cheaper rides.
What followed was an uproar on social media.
Almost immediately, the hashtag #deleteuber became a top trending topic on Twitter. People were sharing screenshots of them deleting the Uber app off of their phone. Many individuals believed that Uber was undermining the protest in order to make a profit for the company.
In all of the outrage against Uber, many customers switched to Lyft. With open arms, Lyft welcomed the new customers, and overtook Uber in the top app section of the app store.
Uber lost a significant amount of drivers as well.
The CEO of Uber, Travis Kalanick, issued a response on his Facebook,
“I understand that many people internally and externally may not agree with that decision, and that’s OK. It’s the magic of living in America that people are free to disagree. But whatever your view please know that I’ve always believed in principled confrontation and just change; and have never shied away (maybe to my detriment) from fighting for what’s right”
However, the public is still protesting Uber.
In general, Uber is a safe travel option for women. It gives women the option to see who their driver is, and have the chance to cancel that ride and find a female driver.
Companies such as
are designed with solo female riders in mind.