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- Uber and Lyft barred Laura Loomer from their service after she complained about Muslim Uber and Lyft drivers on Twitter. The ride-hailing services have previously barred other far-right activists.
The ride-hailing services Uber and Lyft barred a far-right activist who complained about Muslim Uber and Lyft drivers after Tuesday’s terrorist attack in New York City that was carried out by a man authorities identified as a former Uber driver.
Uber told Business Insider in a brief email on Wednesday that Laura Loomer – a former Project Veritas activist who has more than 100,000 Twitter followers – had been barred 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 Muslim former Uber driver named Sayfullo Saipov is accused of steering a rented truck into a bike lane, killing eight people and injuring 12.
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 a Twitter user who said they were kicked out of an Uber in September for being Jewish. Uber declined to comment on the accusation.
Wednesday was not the first time Uber barred a far-right activist from its platform.
Following the white nationalist protests in Charlottesville, Virginia, earlier this year, Uber barred the far-right provocateur Tim Gionet, better known as Baked Alaska, after a driver in Washington, DC, booted him from her car because she said he had made racially charged remarks.