The Uber services were under heavy fire and criticism from several users as they were understood to have shown some support of U.S. President Trump’s travel ban on seven specific nations.
Last Saturday taxi drivers in New York City had stopped working for one hour as a way of expressing their solidarity with those who were protesting Trump’s executive order.
Meanwhile, Uber had decided at that time to temporarily remove the higher price surging for its services for those going to John F. Kennedy International Airport.
This move was understood by several as an attempt for Uber to try and split the protests that were taking place.
As a result, Lyft then took advantage of this situation that Uber had caused for themselves.
An Honorable Advantage
Lyft then publicly stated that over the time frame of the following four years, they will donate a budget of $1 million towards America’s Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Uber had stated that their misunderstood move was never aimed at trying to split the protests and putting an end to them, but social media users had not interpreted the matter this way.
Within moments scores of the app’s users proceeded to delete the Uber application.
The Upper Hand
Uber’s competitor Lyft then made a statement in which they said that a full on banning of people based on their religion, their sex, creed, or ethnicity completely contradicts their core values and principles as well as that of the United States.
The statement continued with saying that Lyft will “stand firmly against these actions, and will not be silent on issues that threatens the values of our community.”
Lyft currently has the upper hand to the matter as they have been said to know their users quite well, and are quite aware that they do not approve of President Trump and his policies.