Uber bans right-wing activist after racist rant about Muslim drivers

Kelly Massey
November 4, 2017

Loomer has since defended her remarks in a series of tweets.

Laura Loomer, a conservative commentator, was reportedly banned from Uber and Lyft for posting messages on social media complaining about not being able to find non-Muslim drivers for the services.

She then suggested on Twitter that someone create a non-Muslim version of Uber and Lyft because she doesn't want to "support another Islamic immigrant driver".

Uber confirmed Sayfullo Saipov, the Uzbek immigrant suspected of mowing a truck into cyclists and pedestrians on a bike path on Halloween, had been a driver for them.

Authorities on Thursday charged Uzbekistan-born U.S. immigrant Sayfullo Saipov with providing material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organisation - Islamic State - and violence and destruction of motor vehicles. "It's extremely unfortunate and this is a conversation we need to have for our safety".

Scott Coriell, a spokesman for Lyft, said Ms Loomer's account had been deactivated.

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The San Francisco-based company said the self-proclaimed investigative journalist was banned for violating its community guidelines. Uber also said it was in contact with the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding him.

Zayn has previously opened up about his Muslim background and when asked if he may decide to open up about it one day, he told Complex magazine: 'Who knows? After August's violent protests in Charlottesville, Uber banned white supremacist James Allsup and Tim "Baked Alaska" Gionet after they made their Uber driver uncomfortable by making racist remarks while driving past the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. Their driver, a black woman, kicked the two out of her vehicle.

Following the deadly protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, both Uber and Lyft vowed to take a strict stance on users who were discriminatory, racist or hateful.

"There is simply no place for this type of bigotry, discrimination, and hate", Regional General Manager Meghan Verena Joyce wrote in a statement.

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