Ride-share titans Uber and Lyft banned a driver after she unleashed an anti-Muslim tirade on Twitter, questioning why the companies hired Muslim drivers following Tuesday’s deadly attack whose suspect was an Uber driver.
“Why is uber hiring Islamic terrorists?” said Laura Loomer, a right-wing activist, tweeting earlier that “someone needs to create a non Islamic form of @uber or @lyft because I never want to support another Islamic immigrant driver.”
Sayfullo Saipov, the 29-year-old suspected of killing eight people by driving a truck into a Manhattan bicycle path, was allegedly inspired by ISIS videos and drove for Uber.
A virtual waterfall of anti-Muslim followed. Loomer, who has 108,000 Twitter followers, lamented that she “couldn’t find a non Muslim cab or @Uber @lyft driver for over 30 min! This is insanity.”
By Wednesday night, Uber had confirmed to NBC News and Reuters that the company had banned Loomer from its services. Lyft, for which Loomer also drove, confirmed they deactivated her account to both outlets.
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“Ms. Loomer was banned for violating our Community Guidelines,” Uber spokesman Matt Kallman told Reuters.
Those guidelines state a “zero tolerance policy toward discrimination of any kind,” including toward drivers based religion.
Loomer confirmed the bans Thursday, linking to the Reuters report.
“I am not worried,” Loomer tweeted. “Because when I am done suing @uber and @lyft, I will probably have a personal driver.”