Right wing activist banned from Uber for "non-Muslim cab drivers" tweet

Posted November 04, 2017

Uber banned Laura Loomer from its platform after she complained about Muslim Uber drivers on Twitter.

"Ms. Loomer was banned for violating our Community Guidelines", Uber spokesman Matt Kallman told Reuters. Lyft followed suit on Thursday morning by deactivating her account, reports CNET.

Imagine telling your boss "Sorry, I'm 30 minutes late for work because of how racist I am".

Laura Loomer, who stormed the Public Theater's production of Julius Caesar this summer due to the title character's resemblance to President Trump, sparked outrage on Wednesday after a series of tweets targeting Muslims.

In the caption, Laura accused the women of "rubbing [the attack] in everyone's faces" by "aimlessly walking around in hijabs". "This is insanity. Someone needs to create a non-Islamic form of @uber or @lyft because I never want to support another Islamic immigrant driver".

Following the white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia earlier this year, Uber banned far-right provocateur Tim Gionet, better known as Baked Alaska, after a driver in Washington, DC booted him from her auto for allegedly making racially-charged remarks.

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Meanwhile, others pointed out and challenged Islamophobic responses to the attack.

Saipov was charged in federal court on Wednesday with acting on behalf of the militant group Islamic State.

Loomer took to Twitter this week and fired off tweets against Muslims following Tuesday's attack.

Federal prosecutors have said that Saipov had been planning the attack for about a year and had chose to rent the truck about two months ago, reported CNN.

Eleven others were seriously hurt when the truck driver struck in broad daylight just blocks from the 9/11 Memorial, on the West Side of Lower Manhattan, close to schools as children and their parents geared up to celebrate Halloween.

Authorities investigating the case also examined Saipov's phone and said that they found about 90 videos, of which "many appear to be "ISIS-related propaganda".