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Friday, 3 February 2017

Uber CEO resigns from Trump's advisory council after users boycott uber

Uber’s CEO, Travis Kalanick, has resigned from his position as a member of Trump's economic advisory council after the massive boycott and criticism of the company.
Uber's non participation in the work stoppage called by the New York Taxi Alliance after Donald Trump announced a ban on immigration of seven Muslim countries coupled with the CEO's position in advisory council led to the massive criticism and boycott of about 200,000 users.

Mr Travis Kalanick first released a statement on the issue explaining his stand on the ban order. He revealed he was not in support of the ban and explained ways Uber will help all affected drivers. He however defender his position in the council saying
"Ever since Uber’s founding we’ve had to work with governments and politicians of all political persuasions across hundreds of cities and dozens of countries."
His explanation didn't help much as within a day, their competitor, Lyft surged up to the 5th most downloaded app on iOs. Mr Kalanick decided to leave the advisory council altogether. In a memo sent out to the press, he wrote; 
Dear Team, 
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.
I spent a lot of time thinking about this and mapping it to our values. There are a couple that are particularly relevant:
Inside Out - The implicit assumption that Uber (or I) was somehow endorsing the Administration’s agenda has created a perception-reality gap between who people think we are, and who we actually are.
Just Change - We must believe that the actions we take ultimately move the ball forward. There are many ways we will continue to advocate for just change on immigration but staying on the council was going to get in the way of that. The executive order is hurting many people in communities all across America. Families are being separated, people are stranded overseas and there’s a growing fear the U.S. is no longer a place that welcomes immigrants.
Immigration and openness to refugees is an important part of our country’s success and quite honestly to Uber’s. I am incredibly proud to work directly with people like Thuan and Emil, both of whom were refugees who came here to build a better life for themselves. I know it has been a tough week for many of you and your families, as well as many thousands of drivers whose stories are heartfelt and heart-wrenching.
Please know, your questions and stories on Tuesday, along with what I heard from drivers, have kept me resilient and reminded me of one of our most essential cultural values, Be Yourself. 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.

18 comments:

Anonymous said...

The power of boycott has been used for ages by oppressed people to assert their rights and free themselves from oppression. The great bus boycott by blacks in the USA is a case in point. Nigerians are however too self centered to sacrifice their comfort by boycotting a product or service in protest against oppression or against an u,wanted situation. Some years back a call was made to boycott MTN telecom service due to its refusal to implement per second billing, many Nigerians were reluctant to switch off their phones until Globacom rescued us. Now the fulani aee murdering Nigerians in the North and South of this country, Instead of Nigerians to boycott the fulani meat and beef for as long as it takes to end these killings, Nigerians are wishing the murdered victims RIP and praying. See how boycott made the Uber CEO to resign from Trumps government. A people who are too short-sighted to resist oppression will forever carry the heavy yoke of oppressors on their necks.

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Anonymous said...

Another resignation is loading. America is a multi cultural country.

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Anonymous said...

#Word. Well said
I am also ignorant. We are all suffering as a result of some economic decisions this current government took/failed to take. We should all come out en-masse on Monday but we will choose to go to work and check blogs on the recent happenings. #CowardsLikeUs
I wish there is a platform to cover all who really feels the plight of this country, to voice out our minds and be heard. We are bored of the radios/television medium where experts only voice the problems of the country and offer no solution.
I just had to air my thoughts.

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Anonymous said...

What if Trump's supporters, who are the majority now decide to boycott uber cos he resigned, what will he do next? The fact that democrats and those who voted Hillary boycotted uber does not mean he wont still make sales cos majority voted Trump and will support his business. My take is that this CEO is not a man of principle. If people attack you cos of your beliefs, you don't have to change to please them, as you can't please all the people all the time. And lastly, if Hillary's supportes think they have power to boycott Trump's supporters businesses, then why could they not win the elections for Hillary? They are just a bunch of wimps who can't handle losses like men.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous@21.06 the first comment..you said it all.thank you for that beautiful comment.Theres practically something wrong with the way majority of Nigerians reason and I think that's the reason why our problems linger longer than it should.We never take a proper stand and act accordingly on issues bothering us.see some of the comments after the first..good to see, na wa dey, issokay, haba..that's the problem we talk about. No matter how serious or deep a situation is..many Nigerians will just be brushing it aside like it doesn't really matter or mean to them..let's see how Feb 6th will go.

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You spoke my mind

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You spoke my mind

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