Uber will continue to ban white supremacists from its platform to protect their drivers and passengers. Expressing outrage at the Charlottesville, Virginia violence, Uber is taking a stand and banning racist groups permanently. Uber refuses to tolerate hate, and will, therefore, take a stand against white supremacist groups, as reported by The Verge.
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White Supremacist Groups Will Be Kicked Out by Uber
Uber sent a message to drivers and company employees earlier today condemning the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia and pledging to ban white supremacists and other members of hate groups from its platform.
“There is simply no place for this type of bigotry, discrimination, and hate,” writes Meghan Verena Joyce, Regional General Manager for Uber. To express their condemnation of the recent violence that followed the protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, Uber will continue to permanently ban those who fail to follow their community guidelines. In fact, Uber sent a message to all their drivers and employees to further drive the message home. It stated their willingness to kick out users who engage in discriminatory actions.
Uber Vows to Protect Both Its Drivers and Passengers
Even before the Charlottesville protest, Uber had already banned known white supremacists from their platform following an untoward incident with one of their female black drivers. James Allsup, with his co-passenger Tim Gionet, more commonly known as “Baked Alaska,” were making racist remarks as they passed by the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC.
This made their driver, an unidentified black woman, so uncomfortable that she asked the two to immediately leave her vehicle. Uber then decided to permanently ban the two from their platform due to their behavior. The company even sent an email to their drivers and employees stating their willingness to continue this practice. They emphasized that they want to protect people’s right to be safe and respected whenever they use the platform.
A Move to End Hate Both Online and Offline
Uber is just one of the many companies that responded to the spread of hate and bigotry. Other companies such as Facebook, Google, Twitter, and Airbnb, also took a stand against the white supremacist groups. More than just issuing statements, these companies have taken specific actions to prove their intolerance to such acts. Both Google and GoDaddy dropped the hosting of the Daily Stormer, a neo-nazi site.
As this move prevents the spread of online hate, it’s the actions of Uber and Airbnb that prevent further harm outside the online world. Some weeks before the Charlottesville protest, Airbnb canceled the reservations and blocked the accounts of far-right activists who seemed to have used the platform in order to attend the rally. This hard stance differs from President Donald Trump, who expressed condemnation for white supremacists and blamed ‘both sides’.
For more information on Uber banning white supremacist groups, check out this video from Lily Prendiville: