Published: Sat, November 04, 2017
Life&Culture | By Kristin Armstrong

Uber, Lyft ban far-right activist who complained about Muslim drivers

Uber, Lyft ban far-right activist who complained about Muslim drivers

Laura Loomer, who calls herself an "investigative journalist", sacrificed her job on Wednesday because she couldn't find a ride-hailing driver who didn't look Muslim.

A far right activist has been banned from ride-sharing services Uber and Lyft after launching into a vitriolic anti-Muslim tirade in the wake of the NY terrorist attack.

The horrific attack was carried by a Muslim immigrant Sayfullo Saipov, from Uzbekistan.

Uber then banned her from the app, according to Business Insider. Lyft later deactivated her account as well, CNET reported.

Imagine telling your boss "Sorry, I'm 30 minutes late for work because of how racist I am". Her anti-Muslim accusations got the attention of executives at the ride-sharing service and prompted them to take a hard stance against her implications.

"You'd think [the two Muslim women would] have the decency to not walk around in hijabs [at the] cross street of the attack", Loomer added.

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She also tweeted, "Someone needs to create a non-Islamic form of @uber or @lyft because I never want to support another Islamic immigrant driver".

The response immediately earned acclaim from those on the internet, who praised Hadid for speaking out against Islamophobia.

"Aimlessly walking around in hijabs", Loomer tweeted.

Gigi and her sister Bella have been vocal about their faith, especially in the wake of Trump's immigration ban earlier this year (which they protested in NY in January).

Federal prosecutors said Saipov was "consumed by hate and a twisted ideology" when he attacked.

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. It noted that riders could also potentially be banned from Uber for making "comments or gestures that are aggressive, sexual, discriminatory or disrespectful".

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