A far-right activist has been banned from Uber and Lyft after she complained about Muslim drivers one day after a suspected terrorist who worked for both ride-sharing apps mowed down eight people in a terror attack in Manhattan. Earlier this year, the company barred notable white supremacist James Allsup from using its app and pledged to ban other white supremacists and hate group members.
Loomer, who describes herself on her Twitter page as "an investigative journalist" and a "proud American Jew", posted several anti-Muslim posts on Tuesday and Wednesday following the attack in New York City by a Uzbek national that killed 8.More news: Carolina Panthers trade top receiver Kelvin Benjamin to Buffalo Bills
Loomer, in her posts, accused Muslims of "aimlessly walking around in hijabs" and called out the cab-hailing services for hiring "Islamic immigrant drivers".
She was referring to the October 31 violent incident in which a 29-year-old legal immigrant, originally from Uzbekistan, plowed a pickup truck into a crowd, killing eight and injuring more than 10, according to CNN. "It's extremely unfortunate and this is a conversation we need to have for our safety". It noted that riders could also potentially be banned from Uber for making "comments or gestures that are aggressive, sexual, discriminatory or disrespectful".
Hadid, who has become increasingly outspoken in her support of Muslims, replied that Loomer's response to the criticism only confirmed her plan to gain attention by spreading messages of hate.More news: 'A great treat': Doctors wear Halloween costumes for kids at Children's Hospital
Uber told Business Insider that they have banned Loomer for "violating the platform's community guidelines". 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.
Uber's guidelines state that it has a zero-tolerance policy toward discrimination.
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