Uber and Lyft banned Laura Loomer from its platform
after she complained about Muslim Uber and Lyft drivers on
The ride-hailing services have previously banned
far-right activists from its platform.
Ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft banned a far-right activist
who complained about Muslim Uber and Lyft drivers in the wake of
a terrorist attack in New York City that was allegedly committed
by a former Uber driver.
Uber told Business Insider in a brief email on
Wednesday that Laura Loomer — a former Project Veritas activist
with over 100,000 Twitter followers — had been banned for
violating the platform’s community guidelines.
Lyft also told Business Insider in an email that it had
deactivated Loomer’s account.
Loomer posted a series of tweets complaining about
Muslims following Tuesday’s attack in which a former driver, who
was Muslim, rammed into a bike lane, killing eight people and
Among those complaints, which sparked outrage online, Loomer
lamented that she was late to a press conference because she
could not find an Uber driver who she did not believe was Muslim.
“I’m late to the NYPD press conference because I couldn’t find a
non Muslim cab or @Uber @lyft driver for over 30 min! This is
insanity,” Loomer wrote.
Loomer also retweeted an individual who claimed
that they were kicked out of an Uber in September for being
Jewish. Uber declined to comment on the alleged incident.
Wednesday was not the first time Uber banned a far-right activist
from its platform.
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 car for allegedly making racially-charged remarks.