Outrageous Uber Pauses App and Asks Riders to 'Reflect on Gun Violence'
Uber, the popular car service, asked its riders to observe a moment of silence to "reflect on gun violence."
The company paused the app for one minute at midnight on Friday, as it requested users "create a moment of reflection for the Uber community so that we can all think about what we can do to help."
Instead of being able to set a pickup location, riders got a message saying, "1 minute to reflect on gun violence."
The company also changed the icons on the app to peace signs, promising to donate to anti-violence non-profits in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis, and Dallas, three cities where much-publicized gun-related deaths occurred in the past week.
Reaction immediately started to pour in on social media, and many people seemed to be confused and upset by Uber's "minute of silence":
You know, just one minute! That's all it takes! So glad i deleted them https://t.co/hJ8U4RCC76
— Megan Johnson (@megansarahj) July 9, 2016
I didn't believe peace was possible until uber changed the car symbols in the app to peace symbols
— Chris Ziegler (@zpower) July 9, 2016
You know, I hadn't really thought about gun violence until uber asked me to
— Brandy Jensen (@BrandyLJensen) July 9, 2016
Wtf uber? pic.twitter.com/AeQOt65ubT
— Julie Gerstein (@havethehabit) July 9, 2016
Uber exec: What’s the absolute bare minimum we can do to seem sympathetic this week?
Uber exec 2: I HAVE AN IDEA pic.twitter.com/ZPqkcA0qAj
— Richie Nakano⛈ (@linecook) July 9, 2016
Uber exec: wat if...we asked our customer...to think...about......gun violence???
*quietly gets rid of surge pricing notifications*
— eve peyser (@evepeyser) July 9, 2016
lol uber has consistently refused to release diversity numbers so we already know what's going on over there https://t.co/wCSdOuH9cf
— Aminatou Sow (@aminatou) July 9, 2016
uber: please reflect on gun violence. then please give us money. please give us money. please give us mo
— noah kulwin (@nkulw) July 9, 2016
"Let's inject a toxic political issue into our business." -Smart businessman https://t.co/ZArkuiEoBc
— The Real Bepo (D) (@TheRealBepo) July 9, 2016
Lyft it is https://t.co/R4VrVhMYrD
— Coach Finstock (@Q1776) July 9, 2016
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