Travis Kalanick was one of the several businessmen that sat on President Trump’s economic advisory council. The council was designed to generate ideas and growth for America’s economy. Unfortunately, it’s been assumed that whoever sits on that board was a sign of endorsement.
Kalanick, CEO of Uber, recently sent out an email to his company stating that he would be stepping down from the board since many see his position as an endorsement to Trump. New York Times was able to get a copy of that email which read:
“Earlier today I spoke briefly with the president about the immigration executive order and its issues for our community. I also let him know that I would not be able to participate on his economic council. Joining the group was not meant to be an endorsement of the president or his agenda but unfortunately it has been misinterpreted to be exactly that.”
An enormous amount of people started using the hashtags #deleteuber and #boycottuber. Eventually, the app was deleted by 200,000 people to make Kalanick nervous. Understanding that a large majority of Uber’s workers were immigrants, Kalanick backed off of everything.
“We will fight for the rights of immigrants in our communities so that each of us can be who we are with optimism and hope for the future,” Kalanick wrote.
Additionally, Uber’s major competitor Lyft used the travel ban as a platform to increase its profits by donating money to the ACLU and took the time to make a huge press release about it.
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Source: New York Times